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Congenital glaucoma is a rare disease caused by rise of the pressure inside the eye of the newly born or infant. The rise of eye pressure in congenital glaucoma eyes, if left untreated, can seriously damage the eyesight by continuously presssing on the head of the optic nerve, the nerve responsible for transmitting the visual implulses seen by the eye to the brain.

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If your child is diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, rest assured that everything possible will be done for the best outcome for his future at Dr Khalil Eye Clinic in Cairo, Egypt, a clinic with vast experience in dealing with this rare, but important type of glaucoma that can affect young children.

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Congenital Glaucoma (Glaucoma in children) can be 'primary', meaning that it happens with no particular reason for it. This is termed 'Primary Congenital Glaucoma'. Sometimes this condition can be inherited, if both parents carry some particular gene. Usually, this occurs if parents are relatives. Primary congenital glaucoma (glaucoma in infants with no other eye problem) is the most common cause of congenital glaucoma. Glaucoma usually affects both eyes of the baby or child but can affect only one eye in other cases.

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Glaucoma in children can occur as a result of another eye problem. These types of children glaucoma are called 'Secondary Glaucomas'. In infants, glaucoma that can occur after surgery for congenital cataracts. Other entities include Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Uveitis (eye inflammation), aniridia (absence of the iris) and Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome (otherwise known as 'anterior segment dysgenesis').

In congenital glaucoma cases, due to the elastic nature of the infant eye, it yields to pressure rise and swells gradually resulting in enlargement of the eye, and in more advanced cases, fluid is pushed through the cornea (the transparent part in front of the coloured iris), leading to its cloudiness and grayish discoloration. Because of this abnormal fluid inside the cornea, the infant becomes very intolerant to to bright light, and his eyes tearing.

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Dr Khalil has been very actively fighting congenital glaucoma for more than 15 years. He has successfully operated on more than 1000 surgeries for children with congenital glaucoma. This is one of the highest figures internationally for this rare disease. This is also due to many referrals from various primary and secondary care doctors and centers.

Congenital Glaucoma and Dr Khalil
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