TNOA Journal of Ophthalmic Science and Research

: 2020  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 217-

Asteroid in the anterior chamber

Vaibhav Khanna1, Koshal Dani1, Kanika Chhabra2,  
1 Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea, Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry, India
2 Vitreo-Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry, India

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Dr. Vaibhav Khanna
Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry - 605 007

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Khanna V, Dani K, Chhabra K. Asteroid in the anterior chamber.TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2020;58:217-217

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A 61-year-old male presented for routine eye examination; best-corrected visual acuity was 6/6 p, N6 in both eyes. Slit-lamp examination of the right eye revealed the presence of asteroid in the anterior chamber, well-centered posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) in the sulcus, nasally crumpled posterior capsular flap and asteroid in the vitreous chamber [Figure 1]. Left eye examination was unremarkable. Past records revealed an eventful right eye cataract surgery 1 month back, for which an automated anterior vitrectomy was done and three-piece rigid IOL was placed in sulcus.{Figure 1}

Asteroid in the eye is an uncommon finding (1%–2%);[1],[2] examining physician should be aware of this entity as asteroid in the anterior chamber can mimic an intraocular tumor, metastasis, or endophthalmitis.[3] Careful history taking, past surgery records, and investigations are necessary to rule out each condition mimicking asteroid.

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