Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

Aphakia (less commonly aphacia) is the absence of the lens from the ocular globe


  • surgical removal of a cataract (commonest cause)
  • trauma
  • congenital

Treatment and prognosis

Surgical insertion of an intraocular lens implant, in which case the aphakic appearance is called pseudoaphakia instead.

History and etymology

Aphakia is derived from Ancient Greek roots. 'α' (a-) meaning negative, and 'φακος' (phakos) meaning a lentil, and by extension anything shaped like a lens. 

Article information

rID: 62858
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Absent lens
  • Absence of the crystalline lens
  • Absence of the lens
  • Aphacic
  • Aphakic
  • Aphacia

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