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What does primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) do to your eye?

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In a healthy eye, fluid circulates under normal pressure and brings in nutrients. It drains through a network of cells and tissue. To replace what’s lost, your eye constantly makes more. With PCG, this process goes off track. In most cases, the fluid doesn't drain like it should and the buildup makes your eye pressure rise.

The increased pressure from PCG damages the fibers of the optic nerve at the back of the eye.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeSmart: "What Is Glaucoma?"

MedlinePlus: "Glaucoma."

Genetics Home Reference: "Early-Onset Glaucoma."

DJO ( ): "Congenital Glaucoma (Childhood)." Digital Journal of Ophthalmology

KidsHealth: "Your Child's Vision."

Glaucoma Research Foundation: "Glaucoma Can Strike at All Ages, Even Newborn Babies" and "Childhood Glaucoma."

EyeRounds.org: "Primary Congenital Glaucoma (Infantile Glaucoma): 3-Year-Old Female Referred for Evaluation of Increased Eye Size, OS."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeSmart: "What Is Glaucoma?"

MedlinePlus: "Glaucoma."

Genetics Home Reference: "Early-Onset Glaucoma."

DJO ( ): "Congenital Glaucoma (Childhood)." Digital Journal of Ophthalmology

KidsHealth: "Your Child's Vision."

Glaucoma Research Foundation: "Glaucoma Can Strike at All Ages, Even Newborn Babies" and "Childhood Glaucoma."

EyeRounds.org: "Primary Congenital Glaucoma (Infantile Glaucoma): 3-Year-Old Female Referred for Evaluation of Increased Eye Size, OS."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on May 11, 2018

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