cryp·toph·thal·mos, cryptophthalmia (krip'tof-thal'mŭs, -thal'mē-ă),
Congenital absence of eyelids, with the skin passing continuously from the forehead onto the cheek over a rudimentary eye.
[crypto- + G. ophthalmos, eye]
A very rare congenital defect in which the skin of the eyelids is continuous over the eyeball, resulting in an absence of palpebral fissure. Eyelashes may or may not be present. The cornea is fused with the overlying skin into one structure. Note: also spelt cryptophthalmos or cryptophthalmus.