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What is congenital glaucoma?

Congenital glaucoma occurs in infants as a result of eye structures that do not form correctly during gestation, leading to blockage of fluid outflow from the eye. This can lead to increased pressure inside the eye and damage to the optic nerve. It can run in some families. It is generally treated with surgery, although eye drops are also used to control pressure in the eye.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Eye injuries

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