exfoliation syndrome

exfoliation syndrome
degenerative alterations of anterior ocular tissues, first presenting as disturbances of pigmentary distribution in the iris, with partial atrophy of the iris pigmentary epithelium and deposition of liberated pigment granules on the lens capsule, papillary margin, ciliary body, and zonule. In later stages, gray, flakelike material increasingly covers the same areas, and glaucoma is a frequent sequela. The incidence of the syndrome increases markedly with age. Called also pseudoexfoliation.

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