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May 1960

Bilateral Anophthalmia

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1960;63(5):788-789. doi:10.1001/archopht.1960.00950020790006

Anophthalmia is not rare but it is unusual. It is always interesting and for this reason the following case report is submitted.

Report of Case  A 7-month-old Puerto Rican girl is presented. She was born without eyes, had not developed properly physically or mentally, and had recently developed respiratory difficulty.

Personal and Family History.  —The child was born at 36 weeks gestation after labor had been induced because of preeclampsia. The mother had fallen twice during her pregnancy, landing each time on her back. There had been no virus or infectious disease during pregnancy. The child had not been ill since birth. The family history was negative. There were four normal siblings. There was no history of syphilis.Eye examination revealed an infant girl without eyeballs. The lids and conjunctivae were normal, the cul-de-sacs were normal, and the eye sockets were smooth. There was no evidence of ocular tissue (Fig.