What is the prognosis for secondary congenital glaucoma?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Inci Irak Dersu, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Prognosis in secondary congenital glaucoma is guarded.

Earlier age at onset of glaucoma usually is more difficult to manage. Patients need multiple procedures, each of which has its own risks.

Associated ocular problems (eg, strabismus, cataract, microphthalmia, amblyopia) also worsen the prognosis.

In the study by Kargi et al, visual function was evaluated retrospectively with an average follow-up of 11.6 years in 204 eyes of 126 patients who had childhood glaucoma including congenital glaucoma and secondary glaucoma with or without syndrome association. [3] They found that decreased final visual acuity (less than 20/40 is considered as decreased vision) is strongly correlated with amblyopia and optic nerve damage. Anisometric or strabismic amblyopia was seen, but deprivation amblyopia was the most common type in syndrome-associated glaucoma. Cornea- and lens-associated problems were more common on syndrome-associated glaucoma; therefore, their final visual acuity was worse than other groups at the end of the follow-up period.

In a series by Yang et al of 34 eyes of 19 children with Peters anomaly, IOP control with or without antiglaucoma medicine was achieved in 11 eyes (32%) after 1 or more surgical procedures. [4] The visual outcome was poor due to glaucomatous optic neuropathy, amblyopia, and other associated anomalies.

Agarwal et al studied 18 eyes of patients with Sturge-Weber syndrome who underwent the combined trabeculotomy-trabeculectomy procedure. The follow-up (mean, 42 mo) results are as follows: IOP was controlled in 11 eyes (61.1%), and visual acuity was better than 6/60 (20/200) in 8 patients. [5]

Patients with Lowe syndrome have a poor life expectancy.

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