Glaucoma Can Strike At All Ages, Even Newborn Babies
Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma. And this is a cause of blindness that does not just affect older age groups. Glaucoma can strike even newborn infants.
Childhood glaucoma occurs in 1 out of every 8,000 children in the United States. Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) accounts for approximately 50% to 70% of all cases of childhood glaucoma.
Diagnosing Glaucoma in Children
In most cases, primary congenital glaucoma is diagnosed within the child’s first year. Although uncommon, newborn primary congenital glaucoma is an important subtype of primary congenital glaucoma, notable because it is often the most severe and clinically challenging expression of this disease.