Know the signs of Childhood Glaucoma
Childhood Glaucoma is a rare but serious condition which can often go unrecognized by parents and their healthcare team.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of childhood glaucoma can help ensure children are tested sooner, so that cases of congenital and childhood glaucoma can be caught sooner.
Catching congenital and childhood glaucoma at an early stage can help prevent avoidable vision loss.
What is childhood glaucoma?
Childhood glaucoma is a rare progressive condition in which fluid in the eye, called aqueous humour, does not drain properly and causes an increase in intraocular pressure.
If the fluid cannot be drained from the eye, the sustained increase in intraocular pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to permanent and irreversible vision loss.
Childhood glaucoma is frequently caused by developmental defects in the eye. These structural abnormalities makes managing childhood glaucoma difficult. The drainage angle is often irregular which makes it difficult for the aqueous humor to drain from the eye.
Children from both genders, and of all nationalities, can be affected by childhood glaucoma.
Childhood glaucoma is commonly treated through medication, such as eye drops, or surgery.
Glaucoma is a progressive condition which requires lifelong monitoring and treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Glaucoma
The signs and symptoms of childhood glaucoma in the first few years of life include:
Enlarged Eyes (one or both eyes)
Sensitivity to Light / photophobia
If you notice anything unusual with your child’s eyes, please take them to see an optometrist, ophthalmologist, pediatrician, or family doctor for an immediate evaluation.
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