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Childhood Glaucoma

What is childhood glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition in which the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes (intraocular pressure, or IOP) slowly rises as a result of the fluid aqueous humor — which normally flows in and out of the eye — not being able to drain properly. Instead, the fluid collects and causes pressure damage to the optic nerve (a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers that connects the retina with the brain) and loss of vision.

Glaucoma is classified according to the age of onset. Glaucoma that begins before the child is 3 years old is called infantile or congenital (present at birth) glaucoma. Glaucoma that occurs in a child is called childhood glaucoma.

Simulation photograph: normal vision
Simulation photograph: glaucoma
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William Madigan

William Madigan

Division Chief, Ophthalmology
Chairman, Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program
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Ophthalmology

Our specialized pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at recognizing and treating complex eye conditions in infants and children.

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