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what is congenital glaucoma?

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
From birth: Glaucoma is a condition where there is increased pressure in the eye. If it is not treated it can cause a loss of vision. Glaucoma usually occurs in people as they get older. Congenital glaucoma means that you were born with the condition.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
At birth: Inherited glaucoma present at birth due to a developmental problem with the drain of the eye, typically presenting with tearing, light sensitivity, and eyelid spasms.

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Can babies get glaucoma?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Glaucoma can occur in newborns but is very rare. If you think your baby cannot see, or the eyes appear cloudy, bulging, excessive tearing or sensitivity to light, they need to be seen right away as vision loss and blindness can occur.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of congenital cataracts?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Various: Cataract is a generic term for any opacity in the structure of the natural lens. You can be born with anything from trivial opacities to profound deposits. The minor ones frquently do not need anything done and cause no symptoms. The major ones can block vision, cause an eye to turn in or out, and can cause permanent loss of vision. Your pediatric ophthalmologist is an expert at these.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why are some people born with cleft lips?

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Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Many possibilities: It can be inherited, spontaneous (no known cause), from medications or drugs including alcohol and tobacco, folate (folic acid) deficiency, and other genetic causes.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How to treat congenital glaucoma?

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Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Usually Surgery: Most cases of congenital glaucoma will ultimately require surgery either by a pediatric ophthalmologist or glaucoma specialist. Sometimes medications are tried first if pressure is not too high and damage is minimal. Most babies will require an exam under anesthesia in order to evaluate the condition.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you live a productive life if you have congenital glaucoma?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Glaucoma: Yes. Many afflicted people with congenital glaucoma can lead very productive lives. There may be some limitations if eyesight is affected, but often adaptation and training can facilitate their ability to carrying on functional lives.

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