Eye & Ear Infirmary and the New
England Medical Eye Center are known worldwide for their
eye research in congenital birth defects, plus management
of children's ocular diseases, retinoblastoma and eye injuries.
Whenever our services are required during an EUA (Examination
Under Anesthesia), we are available for taking an impression
moulding of the less than perfectly developed orbital cavity
or microphthalmic eye. We have been fortunate to work
with many of these pediatric
ophthalmologists as the initiator to gaining semblance
of facial normalcy without or prior to surgical intervention.
It is with this in mind that we would like to enlighten the
parents who have a
child that was born with one of the described early prenatal
embryonic deviations. The following ocularist interpretation
is from fitting experiences with many of these embryonic
stage conditions. The description may answer some of
the questions you may be preparing to ask your own local
or regional ocularist. As an added bit of interest,
one in every five patients seen in our laboratory is under
the age of five years. Of course, not all are congenital
aberrations, but include retinoblastoma and eye injuries.
Congenital Anomalies (Photos