Ablepharia

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Ablepharia is a noun that refers to the lack, or reduction in size, of the eyelids.

Sometimes defined as the congenital (meaning since birth) absence of eyelids, this developmental anomaly is very rare.

When ablepharia does occur the condition usually affects both eyes, though occasionally only one. Associated and surrounding structures may also be missing, reduced in size, or otherwise abnormal.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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