MRI in the heavy eye phenomenon

Aust N Z J Ophthalmol. 1994 May;22(2):125-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1994.tb00779.x.


The heavy eye phenomenon presents as progressive esotropia and hypotropia in high myopia. It appears to be due to compression of the lateral rectus muscle against the lateral orbital wall by the enlarged myopic globe. We present the first published magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of this condition and a summary of the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Esotropia / complications
  • Esotropia / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myopia / complications
  • Myopia / diagnosis*
  • Oculomotor Muscles / pathology
  • Orbit