My 1-year-old son has just been diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia. The main concern is his eyes. Can this be treated?
Septo-optic dysplasia is a rare disorder in which the nerve from the eye to the brain is underdeveloped (optic nerve hypoplasia). People with this condition may also have abnormalities of the brain and pituitary gland. There's no cure for this disorder. Treatment is directed at managing the signs and symptoms.
Normally, you have more than 1 million nerve fibers connecting each eye to your brain. People with septo-optic dysplasia have far fewer connections. This results in:
Other signs and symptoms of septo-optic dysplasia include:
The exact cause of septo-optic dysplasia isn't known. Signs and symptoms of the disorder range from mild to severe. Treatment may include:
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