Elschnig pearls

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Elschnig Pearls are round or oval-shaped transparent cystic structures that can be seen through the pupil of the eye.

Their name is in part in recognition of Anton Elschnig's work, and in part descriptive, as the cystic structures are sometimes described as "pearl-like clusters".


Elschnig Pearls may result from the spread of lens epithelial cells after extracapsular cateract extraction, and may increase in size to the extent that they begin to occlude the pupil, causing reduction in vision.

Elschnig Pearls are named after German / Austrian Ophthalmologist, Anton Elschnig (1863 - 1939).

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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