Congenital cataract is caused by reduced transparency of the lens resulting from metabolic disorders during the fetal period. The disease shows great heterogeneity both clinically and genetically. We identified a 4-generation ethnic Han Chinese family affected by autosomal dominant congenital perinuclear cataract. The patients underwent full clinical and ophthalmologic examinations to rule out any concomitant disorders. Blood samples were collected and genomic DNA was extracted. Potential mutations in the candidate gene alpha A crystallin (CRYAA) were screened.