Down Slanted Palpebral Fissures (crying, sad eyes)

Understanding eye related symptoms and features

Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.

The eye is a part of the ocular and visual systems of the body. The ocular system includes the eye and its central vision system (cornea, lens, eye fluids), all of the parts which make vision possible.

Symptoms affecting the eyes may be congenital, present at birth, or they may develop later in life. Sometimes surgery may be an option to correct them.

Symptoms relating to the eyes may affect their structure and function including their ability to see, other times they may simply affect the shape or appearance of the eye without any impact on vision.

What are down slanted palpebral fissures?

When the elliptic space or the opening between the two eyelids slants downwards. The lateral aspect of the eye is downslanted in respect of the medial aspect. A downward slant measuring more than two standard deviations below the mean would meet the definition of this symptom. Down slanted palpebral fissures may be one of the unique facial features of a number of genetic syndromes.

What should I do next?

In some instances down slanted palpebral fissures may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis

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