Childhood glaucoma also referred to as congenital glaucoma pediatric or infantile glaucoma occurs in babies and young children it is usually diagnosed within the first year of life this is a rare condition that may be inherited caused by incorrect development of the eyes drainage system before birth. There are many causes of childhood glaucoma it can be hereditary or it can be associated with other eye disorders if glaucoma cannot be attributed to any other cause it is classified as primary if glaucoma is a result of another eye disorder eye injury or other disease it is classified as secondary. Glaucoma is a health problem where the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly builds up and doesnt drain properly instead the fluid collects and causes damage to the optic nerve the optic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the retina with the brain this damage leads to loss of eyesight. Childhood glaucoma may be a complication of an underlying eye condition such as uveitis trauma or removal of a cataract the child was born with it can also result from a condition such as neurofibromatosis or sturge weber syndrome our locations duke health has locations throughout the triangle find one near you. Congenital infantile and juvenile glaucoma childhood glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve and is often associated with elevated eye pressure there are many different types of childhood glaucoma and one way of categorizing them is by the age of onset
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