Peters’ anomaly

Peters’ anomaly is an abnormality of the eye which develops at the embryonic stage. It results in the central area of the cornea (the clear window in the front of the eye) being opaque. The iris (coloured part of the eye) has holes and may be stuck to the back of the cornea and the lens. In some cases the lens is also opaque and this may be stuck to the back of the cornea.

The treatment is usually with early corneal transplants and, the subsequent use of contact lenses in milder cases. Raised pressure, if present, is usually difficult to treat using eye drops and surgery is the most common option with a trabeculectomy or glaucoma drainage devices being the most usual choice for the surgeon.