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Sturge-Weber Syndrome

About two-thirds of children born with port-wine stains on the forehead and upper eyelid will develop glaucoma, which may occur anytime before young adulthood. 

Though this condition is somewhat common, it is not well known that there is a relationship between what appears to be a skin problem and the eye disease. Unfortunately, the delay in checking children with Sturge-Weber Syndrome for glaucoma leads to what could be preventable blindness. With an early diagnosis and proper treatment, glaucoma in these children can be controlled and eyesight saved. 

If your child has Sturge-Weber Syndrome, make sure your child's intraocular pressure (IOP) is checked in infancy and once a year thereafter.