University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD

Photographer: Cindy Montague, CRA

Microcornea is a congenital condition in which the corneal diameter is <10 mm (or <9 mm in newborns). It is believed to arise due to arrest of growth of the cornea in the 5th gestational month. The condition is associated with an increased risk of glaucoma and the patients are usually hyperopic. The patient in this photograph has microcornea (corneal diameter 5 mm) associated with primary congenital glaucoma.


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last updated: 02/25/2015