Corticosteroid-induced glaucoma in children


  • Connie HY Lai Department of Ophthalmology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Dorothy SP Fan Department of Ophthalmology, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Jonathan CH Chan Department of Ophthalmology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China


Corticosteroid-induced ocular hypertension is a known entity in adults; however, there is limited information regarding this phenomenon in children. This is of great importance as children are less likely to voice their concerns and likely to present when there are advanced ocular complications. It is also known that intraocular pressure responses due to corticosteroid use are exaggerated in children. In addition, monitor- ing of intraocular pressure in children is usually more difficult than in adults; and there is still debate on what is the most accurate and effective mode of measuring intraocular pressure. This review aims to present an overview on the currently available literature on corticosteroid-induced ocular hypertension in children with respect to different steroid preparations, anatomic factors and measurement controversies. Guidelines about the use of topical corticosteroids in Chinese children may help in clinical management when this common medication is used.




How to Cite

Lai CH, Fan DS, Chan JC. Corticosteroid-induced glaucoma in children. Hong Kong J Ophthalmol [Internet]. 2014Dec.1 [cited 2024Mar.2];18(1):14-9. Available from:



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