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What is Epicanthus?

Description of the condition

Epicanthus is a congenital or acquired condition in which a fold of skin over the inner corner of the eye forms a characteristic pouch.


Epicanthus is classified as an eye anomaly.


  • Characteristic fold of skin over the inner corner of the eye
  • Increased distance between the inner corners of the eyes


The causes of epicanthus can be varied, including genetic factors, ethnic background, anomalies in facial and eye development.


Diagnosis of epicanthus is based on external examination by an ophthalmologist.


Treatment of epicanthus depends on its cause and may include conservative methods (observation, vision correction) as well as surgical intervention (skin fold plastic surgery).


Prevention of epicanthus involves avoiding trauma and negative factors affecting fetal development during pregnancy.


An ophthalmologist should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment of epicanthus.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.