Recognising congenital glaucoma

Peter J Lewindon
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03435.x
Published online: 18 January 2010

To the Editor: Rudkin and colleagues1 remind readers of the importance of detecting congenital glaucoma early to reduce the risks of permanent eye damage, including blindness. The first clinical signs of congenital glaucoma are reported to be blepharospasm, photophobia and excessive tears, all difficult to discriminate in an infant. If the condition is untreated, the cornea progressively loses clarity, and diagnosis becomes more obvious. In giving this account of my personal experience, I remind general practitioners, paediatricians and ophthalmologists that early oedema of the cornea may be detectable before other signs.

  • Peter J Lewindon

  • Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.



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