Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects older people, yet it also can affect children. In fact, three million Americans of almost every age have glaucoma, including thousands of people in Raleigh, Durham, and the Triangle. Many of our Park Ophthalmology patients have this disease as well.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, and as we said earlier, it’s not just for the Baby Boomer and senior population, Glaucoma can even strike newborn infants:
- Glaucoma occurs in one out of every 8,000 children in the U.S.
- Of those, 50 to 70 percent are cases of primary congenital glaucoma (PCG).
Primary Congenital Glaucoma
Primary congenitalglaucoma (PCG) is just one type of Glaucoma, which affects children between birth and three years of age. Although rare, it is a serious condition requiring immediate attention.
In a healthy human eye, fluid leaves through a network of cells and tissue in a drain-like fashion. Meanwhile, the normal eye continues to make just the right amount of fluid. In cases of Glaucoma, there is an imbalance, causing a buildup of fluid and increased pressure on the eye.
The high pressure of the optic nerve can cause a cloudy cornea, enlargement of the eye or even permanent damage to the optic nerve.
Glaucoma symptoms include:
- Involuntary protective closing of the eyelids
- Painful oversensitivity to light
- Excessive tearing
- Cloudiness of the cornea, the normally clear front layer of the eye
- Enlargement of one or both eyes
- Red eye
Glaucoma treatment can be in the form of eye drops or pills that will help the fluid exit from the eye. In some cases Dr. Beth Friedland, here at Park Ophthalmology, will use glaucoma surgery to control eye pressure. Doctor Friedland will assess and determine which approach is best for the patient based on his or her physical and emotional needs.
Early Testing is Best Cure
Catching glaucoma early in children is one of the easiest ways to prevent blindness. If the disease is found and treated early, most youngsters respond well and often do not experience future problems.
That is why it is important for young children to visit the Dr. Friedland at Park Ophthalmology regularly to check not only for vision problems but other issues related to eye health.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about different eye colors is brought to you by the professional team atPark Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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Durham, NC 27713
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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