Isolated Foveal Hypoplasia- January 2024

Thanks to everyone who showed interest in the section of question of the month and answered the question. In this month’s question, tell the diagnosis by looking multimodal images in 45-year-old male was desired.

The answer to the question is ‘Isolated Foveal Hypoplasia. The result of the lottery among those who answered the question correctly, the winner of this month’s book prize is Stefano Mercuri, MD. Congratulations to him.

Foveal hypoplasia is a retinal disorder in which there is a lack of full development of the morphology of the fovea. It may present in isolation or be associated with other conditions such as albinism, coloboma, optic nerve hypoplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, and aniridia. Risk factors that affect foveal development, such as prematurity, can lead to foveal hypoplasia. Foveal hypoplasia has been associated with poor vision and nystagmus. An absence of a foveal pit does not necessarily imply poor visual acuity. Regardless of the degree of the development of the inner retinal layers, the visual acuity can be preserved.


Stefano Mercuri, MD

Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Dr Stefano Mercury is graduated from Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan in 2019. He is counting his residency at Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence. Swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography in serpiginous choroiditis’, ‘Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in the Evaluation of Geographic Atrophy Area Extension’ and ‘Optical coherence tomography angiography in pseudophakic cystoid macular oedema compared to diabetic macular oedema: qualitative and quantitative evaluation of retinal vasculature’ are his main articles.





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