Eyes

Marfan syndrome can seriously affect the eyes and vision.

Nearsightedness and astigmatism are common, but it is not uncommon for farsightedness to also occur.

Subluxation (dislocation) of the crystalline lens in one or both eyes (octopi lentos in 80 percent of patients) also occurs and may be detected by an ophthalmologist or optometrist using a slit-lamp biomicroscope.

In people with Marfan syndrome the dislocation is typically supertemporal.

Eye problems sometimes appear only after the weakening of connective tissue has caused detachment of the retina.

Early onset glaucoma can also be another related problem exhibited at a young age, as well as cataracts, which results in the eye’s lens becoming cloudy.

It is recommended that a person with Marfan syndrome have a yearly eye examination.

Some may be required to wear proscription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Some may require corrective eye surgery.

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