Pediatric Anophthalmia

Pediatric Anophthalmia

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Summary

Anophthalmia is when a child is born without one or both eyes.

Expanded overview

Anophthalmia is a rare condition that is marked by a child being born without one or both eyes — nothing will be present in the eye socket.  

A child with this condition may have other birth defects and health conditions as well, including:

Causes

Anophthalmia occurs during fetal development inside the mother’s womb, when one or both eyes do not properly form. This abnormality is typically due to a genetic mutation or abnormal chromosomes.

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