Glaucoma and Sturge-Weber syndrome

Glaucoma - excessive pressure in the eye - occurs in approximately 30% of people with Sturge-Weber syndrome, the majority from birth or in early infancy.  Glaucoma usually occurs on the same side as the haemangioma, and if left untreated may result in optic nerve damage and progressive visual loss.

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What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is caused by a build up of watery fluid called aqueous humour. If the eye pressure rises early in infancy the eye may become enlarged when compared with the unaffected one ( because it is still made of soft tissue). This is known as buphthalmos.  In young children a preliminary diagnosis can be made relatively easily.

Treatment
The management of Glaucoma with Sturge-Weber syndrome can be difficult.

Medical treatment usually refers to controlling the pressure within the eye. This can be done by topical eye drop therapy, or if this fails or is not recommended surgery may be needed.

REGULAR EXAMINATIONS BY AN EYE SPECIALIST ARE NECESSARY.

written by Jill Sheldrake