Capillary hemangiomas usually appear in the first six months. They can appear as a red to reddish-purple, raised lesion on the skin or as a large, raised lesion with visible blood vessels. Typically, parents notice a spot on a baby’s skin that grows in size and color.
Hemangiomas that involve the eye can cause serious eye problems. If large and unchecked, they can lead to amblyopia, (poor vision development) also known as lazy eye. If the hemangioma involves the eye itself, the lesion may lead to an increase in pressure within the eye and cause glaucoma. Hemangiomas in the orbit can also press on the optic nerve, causing optic nerve atrophy and potentially leading to vision loss.
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