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Man, 74, is left with a bulging white mass that comes out of his EYE after undergoing a cataract operation

It looks like something that comes directly from a sci movie.

But this ‘gelatinous’ mass that stands out from a man’s eye is not a special effect in the latest zombie film.

The unnamed 74-year-old was referred to a cancer clinic when a white lump of 10×10 mm was formed where his right pupil should be.

The mass appeared two years after he had undergone a cataract surgery, leaving him with a thick scar on his cornea.

Doctors removed the mass, which later turned out to be a cornea. These occur when the structures that make up this part of the eye become “haphazard,” often after surgery or injury.

The man does well after surgery to remove the lump, but is still struggling to look out of the affected eye.

The 74-year-old - who is not mentioned - was referred to a cancer clinic when a white 10x10 mm bump (photo) was formed where his right pupil should be. The mass developed two years after he had undergone cataract surgery and was later identified as a cornea keloid

The 74-year-old – who is not mentioned – was referred to a cancer clinic when a white 10×10 mm bump (photo) was formed where his right pupil should be. The mass developed two years after he had undergone cataract surgery and was later identified as a cornea keloid

The man was treated by a team at the Duke Eye Center, led by Dr. Nikolas Raufi, from the ophthalmology residency program.

Dr. Raufi was the lead author of the unusual case report published in the prestigious magazine JAMA Ophthalmology.

Dr. John Hovanesian – a clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology – emphasized cornea keloids are “an extremely rare complication” of surgery.

“Many eye doctors have never seen a cornea keloid because it is so rare,” he said Live science.

Despite their name linking them to keloids – raised scars – of the skin, the authors wrote “no connection was found with cutaneous keloid.”

The man told doctors that he had previously suffered from herpetic keratitis. This happens when the herpes virus – which can manifest itself as STDs or cold sores – spreads to the eyes.

He also underwent a cataract operation two years earlier at the same eye.

This procedure was complicated by bullous keratopathy, which occurs when fluid accumulates in the cornea. The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye, which plays an important role in focusing the sight.

The man’s bullous keratopathy remained untreated and left him with a swollen, cloudy cornea with blisters on the surface.

He later noticed a scar on his cornea that gradually thickened for six months.

The patient eventually remained with the white lesion, which even had its own blood supply.

An ultrasound showed that he had a fissure (photo) in his eye, between his cornea and the lesion. The doctors therefore had to be particularly careful when removing the mass

An ultrasound showed that he had a fissure (photo) in his eye, between his cornea and the lesion. The doctors therefore had to be particularly careful when removing the mass

An ultrasound showed that he had a fissure (photo) in his eye, between his cornea and the lesion. The doctors therefore had to be particularly careful when removing the mass

WHAT IS A CORNEAL KELOID?

A cornea keloid is a pearly white, ‘gelatinous’ lump protruding from where the pupil of the eye should be.

They are so rare that only about 80 cases have been reported since the phenomenon was identified in 1865.

Corneal keloids are defined as a “random arrangement of fibroblasts, collagen bundles and blood vessels.”

If the lesions appear in both eyes, they are normally associated with the congenital disorders Lowe syndrome or Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome.

Cases that occur in isolation are usually due to eye damage, infection or surgery.

Dr. However, John Hovanesian – a clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology – emphasized that corneal keloids are “an extremely rare complication” of surgery.

“Many eye doctors have never seen a cornea keloid because it is so rare,” he said Live science.

Despite their name linking them to keloids – raised scars – of the skin, the authors wrote “no connection was found with cutaneous keloid.”

The mass was so large that doctors could not see the anterior segment of the man, which forms the anterior third of the eye and contains the cornea, iris, and lens.

An eye examination was also picked up on a gap between the man’s cornea and his lesion, which, according to the doctors, was no more than 1.5 mm deep.

This made them more careful when removing the lesion.

Once removed, doctors identified the mass as a cornea.

Fourteen days after the operation, the man still couldn’t count how many fingers were shown to him. His eye was also bloodshot and cloudy.

In week 16 the man could see that a hand was waved 3ft to him, but his vision remained blurred.

“He is doing well subjectively, but will be followed for the development of recurrence,” wrote the authors.

Corneal keloids are so rare that only about 80 cases have been reported since the phenomenon was identified in 1865.

They are defined as a “random arrangement of fibroblasts, collagen bundles and blood vessels.”

If the lesions appear in both eyes, they are normally associated with the congenital disorders Lowe syndrome or Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome.

Cases that occur in isolation are usually due to eye damage, infection or surgery.

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