Classification of Childhood Glaucoma in Patients of a Government Tertiary Hospital in Manila, Philippines using the Childhood Glaucoma Research Network System

  • Martin Joseph B. Babaran
  • Nilo Vincent DG. FlorCruz
Keywords: childhood glaucoma, classification, pediatric glaucoma, prevalence of childhood glaucoma


Background. Childhood glaucoma is a rare multifactorial disease with limited information regarding the demographics and characteristics in the Filipino setting. It can be categorized via the Childhood Glaucoma Research Network Classification scheme.

Objective. Determine the clinical classification of patients diagnosed with childhood glaucoma in the ophthalmology service of a government tertiary hospital in Manila, Philippines.

Methods. Medical records of all patients ≤16 years-old referred to Glaucoma Section of Philippine General Hospital from January 2015 to December 2017 were reviewed retrospectively and classified.

Results. One-hundred four (104) eyes in 77 children were classified. Glaucoma associated with acquired conditions was the most prevalent in 44.2% of the patients with trauma consisting of 19.5% of all patients. Primary childhood glaucoma consisted of 15.6% and juvenile open-angle glaucoma was diagnosed in 5.2%. Glaucoma following cataract surgery was noted in 7.8% of patients. Trabeculectomy was the primary surgical intervention in 22.2% of eyes, with 78.9% of eyes reaching an IOP control of <21mmHg on final follow-up.

Conclusion. Glaucoma associated with acquired conditions was the most common childhood glaucoma in the patient population. Trabeculectomy was the most common surgery done. Trauma was the most prevalent cause of glaucoma from acquired conditions.