Orbital Hypertelorism

Also known as: hypertelorism.

What is orbital hypertelorism?

Orbital hypertelorism describes a birth defect where the distance between the eyes is larger than normal.

What causes orbital hypertelorism? 

During development in the womb, a baby’s eyes normally start far apart and gradually move closer together. Any process that interferes with that movement results in orbital hypertelorism. It is a feature of many other birth defects.

What are the symptoms of orbital hypertelorism? 

The widely spaced eyes do not typically cause any symptoms though sometimes some children may have vision problems. Psychosocial issues may arise from peer teasing.

What are orbital hypertelorism care options?

A multidisciplinary craniofacial team of oral and maxillofacial surgeon/ plastic surgery/ pediatric dentist/orthodontist and developmental psychologist etc will offer your child the best assessment and treatment program.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 3/12/2018 2:44:25 PM

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