Glaucoma is rare in children, as compared to the adult. However, when it does occur, the symptoms may not be as obvious in children. Many children are diagnosed before they are 6 months old. Glaucoma can affect one eye or both.
The following are the most common symptoms of childhood glaucoma. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Excessive tearing
- Light sensitivity (photophobia)
- Closure of one or both eyes in the light
- Cloudy, enlarged cornea (large eye)
- One eye may be larger than the other
- Vision loss
If the eye pressure increases rapidly, there may be pain and discomfort. Parents may notice that the child becomes irritable, fussy and develops a poor appetite. Early detection and diagnosis is very important to prevent loss of vision. The symptoms of glaucoma may resemble other eye problems or medical conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.