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How common is uveal coloboma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Uveal coloboma is a rare condition that is not always well documented. Depending on the study and where the study was conducted, estimates range from 0.5 to 2.2 cases per 10,000 births. Some cases may go unnoticed because uveal coloboma does not always affect vision or the outside appearance of the eye.

Uveal coloboma is a significant cause of blindness. Studies estimate that 5 to 10 percent of blind European children have uveal coloboma or uveal coloboma-related malformations.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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