In addition to other health problems, children with Stickler syndrome can have eye problems that are more commonly found in older people. They are often born with severe nearsightedness (high myopia), meaning that they can only see objects very close to them. In addition, some children are born with cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens.
Children with Stickler syndrome may also develop glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve, or have retinal detachments that can threaten sight. People who already have been diagnosed with Stickler syndrome should immediately see their ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) if they notice a sudden onset of floaters or flashes or a dark shadow in their peripheral (side) vision.
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