Dr. Sam Boles, an Annapolis eye doctor, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of glaucoma.
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the United States alone, more than 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. Fortunately, with early detection and early treatment glaucoma is manageable. When was your last eye exam?
Glaucoma comes in many forms, including Primary Open Angle Glaucoma, Angle Closure Glaucoma, Normal Tension Glaucoma, Congenital Glaucoma, and Secondary Glaucoma. Over the next several weeks, we will take a closer look at each type of glaucoma, giving you a better understanding of the condition. This week, we are going to look at Congenital Glaucoma.
About Congenital Glaucoma
Congenital Glaucoma, also known as childhood glaucoma, pediatric glaucoma, or infantile glaucoma, is characterized by the incorrect development of the eye’s drainage system before birth. This leads to increased intraocular pressure (IOP) and damage to the optic nerve. This rare condition may be inherited and is typically diagnosed within the first year of life.
Symptoms of Congenital Glaucoma include:
- Enlarged eyes
- Cloudiness of the cornea
- Photosensitivity (sensitivity to light).
With early diagnosis and treatment, this challenging form of glaucoma is often manageable. Although vision loss is irreversible, it is possible to optimize a child’s remaining vision.
Congenital Glaucoma Treatment in Annapolis
Board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, s Medical Director of the Anne Arundel Eye Center, specializes in the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts and has helped restore and preserve thousands of patients’ vision. If your son or daughter is displaying any of the above warning signs, schedule an appointment with the Anne Arundel Eye Center at your earliest convenience.
Treatment for Congenital Glaucoma typically involves both surgery and medication: topical eye drops and oral medications. There are two primary types of surgical treatments available:
- Filtering Surgery: Also known as micro surgery, filtering surgery aims to create a drainage canal in the eye.
- Laser Surgery: With the use of a small but powerful laser, a small opening is made in the eye tissue.
Staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals, Anne Arundel Eyes Center’s state-of-the-art treatment center is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
If you have any questions about Congenital Glaucoma Treatment in Annapolis or wish to schedule an appointment with Anne Arundel Eye Center, please contact Dr. Boles, Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or visiting AnneArundelEyeCenter.com today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube as well!
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.
Childhood Glaucoma, Glaucoma Research Foundation