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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Pediatrics


microphthalmos OS

An aphorism emphasized at the Kurji Holy Family Hospital Eye Clinic where so many totally blind patients were seen daily: " Two eyes are a luxury, one eye is a necessity!! " The patient in this photo was most fortunate: his left eye was blind from microphthalmos, but his right eye was perfect. In addition, the facial pock marks showed that he had survived his battle with smallpox.

microphthalmos OS

microphthalmos OS

The eye is generally smaller in size. The cornea falls into microcornea - its diameter is less than 11 mm. The pyriform shape of the cornea suggests a coloboma of the iris, but a definite iris defect at 6:00 o'clock cannot be detected in the photo.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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