While most people consider glaucoma a geriatric disease – after all, it’s largely diagnosed in people older than 60 – the disease occasionally affects infants and children too.
When Christian Goree was just six weeks old, his mother Olivia noticed something seemed different about his eyes. Unable to shake the feeling that something was seriously wrong, Goree took him to the Loyola University Medical center where she was shocked to learn Christian has glaucoma.
“I was really surprised,” recalled Goree, who said she had only ever heard of the vision-robbing disease affecting older adults.
To halt the progression of the disease, Christian underwent surgery. Doctors implanted tiny silicone tubing in his eyes, which allows fluid to drain properly.
Christian now wears glasses and behaves like a typical 18 month-old boy – running around with lots of energy. And while his medical care is not over – Christian wears glasses and will need more surgery in the future – thanks to his mother’s intuition, the physicians at Loyola were able to preserve much of Christian’s vision.
For more information about pediatric glaucoma, visit the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.