Anophthalmia and Microphthalmia

Microphthalmia is a rare condition where a child is born with a underdeveloped eye.  Anophthalmia is now thought to truly be a special type of microphthalmia where the eye can not be found without surgical investigation.

Both conditions can achieve excellent outcomes.  The key is early intervention by the ocularist and ophthalmologist and teamwork with parents and child.  By progressively enlarging the prosthetic eye the soft tissues and bony orbit can be stimulated to grow to minimize facial deformity which would otherwise occur. One of the most important factors to long term success is develop report with the child so the child assists in the process.  Traumatized children make everything much more difficult.