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Unilateral Optic Disc Pit and Orbital Cyst in an Eye With Normal Axial Length

Dhir, Luna M.B.B.S., M.S., M.Med., D.N.B., F.R.C.S.; Thaller, Vladimir T. F.R.C.Ophth., F.R.C.S., B.M., B.S., B.Med.Sci.

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: May-June 2010 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 217-218
doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e3181ba7602
Brief Reports

Orbital cyst and optic disc pits are both congenital embryological anomalies. Orbital cysts occurring in association with optic disc colobomata and microphthalmic eyes have been widely reported in literature. The authors describe the case of a 69-year-old man with an asymptomatic orbital mass, who was investigated and found to have a coexistent optic disc pit and orbital cyst. The axial length was normal. Visual acuity was reduced due to epiretinal membrane at the macula as a consequence of serous maculopathy secondary to the optic disc pit. No active intervention was offered due to poor visual potential, and no changes in the cyst occurred over time. This is an unusual case of coexistent orbital cyst and optic disc pit in an eye with normal axial length, although the dual pathology has previously been described in a microphthalmic eye.

Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Accepted for publication August 1, 2009.

The authors have no financial or proprietary interest in this work.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Luna Dhir, M.B.B.S., M.S., M.Med., D.N.B., F.R.C.S., Royal Eye Infirmary, Apsley Road, Plymouth, PL4 6PL, United Kingdom. E-mail:

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