What is Hypertelorism?

When a child’s eyes are set overly far apart, it can affect both how well they see as well as how they see themselves. Your child’s doctor may or may not recognize this hypertelorism at birth; or it may become evident as the baby grows instead. It may occur as a lone symptom, or as one trait/part of a craniofacial syndrome.

Because the distance between the baby’s eyes will increase as the face grows, the child may develop vision problems as time passes. Our doctors will evaluate your child’s situation and appearance, after which they can recommend moving the eyes closer together if necessary. To do this, they will surgically move and reconstruct the bony eye sockets via a treatment called “orbital reconstruction”.

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