Everyone Thought Little Girl Big Eyes Were Adorable Until They Learn Why They Are So Big

‘Doll Eyes’ is becoming a trend in the fashion world these days. This is why when people saw a picture of an almost 2-years-old girl with unusually big eyes, they were wondering how she got to look like a Disney princess. Little did they know that her beautiful eyes that’s been warming hearts are due to a rare medical condition.

Karina Martinez’s daughter, Mehlani, often received compliments because of her adorable, large eyes. What these strangers didn’t know is that Mehlani was diagnosed with a rare eye condition when she was just a week old. Her condition is called Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome.

Everytime were out & a stranger compliments on how big & beautiful her eyes are, I have a mental debate on whether or not I should mention her defect. I decide no, smile & say thank you. I’m always left with a weird feeling. I just pray she’ll always know how beautiful she is. pic.twitter.com/JUJyGkLbDe

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— moscato mami🥂 (@karinaa_ortega) September 13, 2018

The “Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome” or also called “Hagedoorn Syndrome” is a very rare autosomal dominant disorder. This is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. It mainly affects the development of the eyes but it can also alter the development of the teeth and the abdominal region. This affects the cornea and the iris which will make the eye appear differently.

Individuals with this syndrome will have an off-center pupil or “corectopia” or extra holes in the eyes that makes it look like multiple pupils or”polycoria. ” About 50% of people who have this syndrome will also develop glaucoma which increases the pressure inside of the eye which can cause vision loss or blindness.

Mehlani’s eye condition may have made her unique, but this caused plenty of challenges for this little girl, including glaucoma. The mom worries that her daughter’s eye will cause more challenges as she gets older. During her interview with BuzzFeed News, Karina said that she had never heard about this condition until it happened to her daughter. Since Mehlani is suffering from glaucoma, she has to wear sunglasses whenever she goes outside.

On her tweets, she shared that everytime they are out and a stranger would compliment how big and beautiful her eyes are, she’s having a mental debate whether she should mention about her condition or not. She decided to just stay quiet, smile, and say thank you. Karina just prays that Mehlani will always know how beautiful she is.

She said that she gets so nervous when she thinks about Mehlani starting school. She said, “Maybe kids will call her mean names… It makes me want to cry thinking about it because she’s so strong and sweet and been through so much already. ”

Instead of receiving negative comments, the last thing that Karina expects is for the tweets about Mehlani will go viral. She was so surprised that people were supportive and those who experienced the same rare condition with their children chimed in too and reassured her that she is a great mom. She says that all the love and support that she receives touched her deeply.

One of the tweets said, “Looks like cute kid syndrome to me. Doing great mom. ”

She said that she will just tell Mehlani when she gets older that God made her that way for a reason. Everybody has something that makes them different. Karina knew that at this point, her daughter is still too young to understand why she is different from the others.

Mehlani might experience different problems as she gets older but with a mom like Karina, everyone believes that the little girl will have a great life especially having a mom who will help her deal with these challenges in life.

Everytime were out & a stranger compliments on how big & beautiful her eyes are, I have a mental debate on whether or not I should mention her defect. I decide no, smile & say thank you. I’m always left with a weird feeling. I just pray she’ll always know how beautiful she is. pic.twitter.com/JUJyGkLbDe

— moscato mami🥂 (@karinaa_ortega) September 13, 2018

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