Juvenile Glaucoma Treatment & Management

Updated: Dec 14, 2016
  • Author: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Treatment

Approach Considerations

Treatment of juvenile glaucoma involves lowering of intra-ocular pressure pharmacologically or/and surgically.

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Medical Care

Glaucoma medications may temporally control IOP. Often, a rising eye pressure over 1-3 years may become resistant to all medications and dictate a need for eye surgery.

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Surgical Care

Operations found useful for adult-onset open-angle glaucoma are useful in juvenile glaucoma. In addition, goniotomy is an effective procedure for this disease in both children and adults.

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Consultations

Consultation with an ophthalmologist familiar with this unusual glaucoma and rare condition may be helpful.

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Activity

No limitations on activity are necessary. When vision remains only in one eye, protection of the remaining seeing eye is mandatory.

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