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A neonate presented with a large full-thickness upper eyelid coloboma with near-complete exposure of the cornea. After failing lubrication and a moisture chamber, he was fit with a customized scleral contact lens that protected the ocular surface. It was tolerated well, and ocular surface health was maintained for 13 months to permit the growth of eyelid tissue for future oculoplastic surgery. Delaying reconstruction by using scleral contact lenses as management for large eyelid colobomas has not been previously described. A temporizing measure such as this could be considered for large eyelid colobomas in neonates. Copyright © 2021 The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.


Zachary Q Mortensen, Brittany A Simmons, Erin M Shriver, Keith D Carter, Sara J Downes. Scleral Contact Lens as Initial Management in a Neonate With a Large Upper Eyelid Coloboma. Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. 2022 Jan-Feb 01;38(1):e10-e13

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