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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Pediatrics

Consanguinity: its reflection ocularly

consanguinity: its reflection ocularly

This Muslim family manifests at least one effect of consanguinity - primarily of the 1st cousin variety. Each member of the family has a high refractive error. The small child was brought to the The Kurji Holy Family Hospital Eye Clinic in 1962 for an eye evaluation. He was also found to have a similar need for correction of a significant refractive error. For strong family tie reasons - and for the preservation of family wealth by avoiding dissipation through the dowry system - certain groups may encourage consanguineous marriages.

References: Google: consanguinity among Muslims - this will produce several enlightening Websites. As an added note: since some masking of the faces in the photo was mandated, Dr. Caccamise employed balls of green.

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last updated: 02-08-2008