Congenital glaucoma

Congenital glaucoma is a rare form of glaucoma that is present in some babies when they are born. Glaucoma is an eye disorder that damages the nerve at the back of the eye (optic nerve), resulting in loss of eyesight, especially peripheral (side) vision.

Congenital glaucoma is often caused by a birth defect that can cause abnormal development of structures in the eye. It must be treated as soon as possible to avoid vision loss or blindness.

Last Updated: May 23, 2008

Author: Jeannette Curtis

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology

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