Other Names: Microphthalmia
Nature: Anophthalmia is a medical term used to describe the absence of the globe and ocular tissue from the orbit. Anophthalmia and microphthalmia (small eyes) are used interchangeably since in most cases there are some remnants of either the globe or surrounding tissue. Anophthalmia / microphthalmia (A/M) may affect one eye with the other eye being normal, or both eyes, resulting in blindness.
Incidence: Anophthalmia is very rare but the exact incidence is unknown. One report from a prospective study of 50,000 newborns found an incidence of microphthalmia of 0.22 per 1,000 live births.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 26.12.2017 – 20:18 CET