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What increases your risk for primary congenital glaucoma (PCG)?

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It's hard to predict which babies will be born with it. Parents with a family history of this condition are more likely to pass it on. If your first and second child have it, later children probably will, too.

About twice as many boys as girls are born with it. It sometimes shows up only in one eye, but most of the time, it affects them both.

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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