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This slit lamp photograph shows an incomplete loop of a milky white opaque cortical lens material – a Soemmering ring – that has dislocated into the anterior chamber (white arrow). This post-cataract opacity occurrs after the central section of the lens has been removed secondary to trauma or surgery. Adherence between the residual outer part of the anterior capsule and the posterior capsule forms a ring around the periphery of the capsule under which lens remnants are trapped. It is proposed that hyaline capsular material is deposited in this ring and that epithelial cells can proliferate, causing the area to thicken. In this case, the Soemmering ring led to increased IOP and persistent corneal decompensation.

Credit: T Peck et al., Case Rep Ophthalmol Med, (2017). PMID: 29348952.

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