The Malformed Eye

  • William R. Lee


Basically, malformations of the eye, orbit and adnexa are encountered in three forms. First, there are ocular abnormalities of a relatively minor nature, e.g. colobomata of the uveal tract and minor malformations of the retina and optic nerve head; these are observed in otherwise normal individuals and do not require treatment. Secondly, there are those, e.g. corneal malformations, cataracts, vitreous disorders, which are amenable to surgical intervention and excised tissue may be submitted to the laboratory for investigation. Thirdly, there are those in which major or minor degrees of ocular malformation are associated with severe and often lethal systemic disorders, e.g. synophthalmia, anencephaly and gross chromosomal abnormalities such as the trisomy D group; these abnormalities may be encountered in the post-mortem room, although antenatal screening is now extremely effective in preventing such foetuses coming to term.


Retinal Pigment Epithelium Optic Nerve Head Ciliary Body Trabecular Meshwork Neural Retina 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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