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Congenital Glaucoma

Glaucoma in children differs from glaucoma in adults as there are other ways in which the sight can be lost in addition to damage to the optic nerve. The glaucoma can either be present at birth, or it can develop during childhood. It can affect one or both eyes. The tissues of a child's eyes are more elastic than an adult's eye, and so they can stretch. This is what happens in childhood glaucoma. As the pressure inside the eye rises, the tissues stretch, and the eye enlarges. This is why the condition is known as buphthalmos or ox eye.

Which symptoms and signs indicate childhood glaucoma?

The condition may be painful, and the child can be distressed. Loss of vision may be obvious. Light often makes the eyes more uncomfortable, and the child will try to avoid bright light (photophobia). The eyes may be watery, but there is no discharge or corneal ulceration.

How should a child with glaucoma be treated?

In children, glaucoma surgery is the only effective treatment. After glaucoma surgery, long-term follow up is essential to make sure the intraocular pressure is controlled and vision is developing as normally as possible.

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