Sturge-Weber syndrome

The association between a port-wine stain on the face and scalp and raised eye pressure - the Sturge-Weber syndrome is uncommon. It usually occurs at an early age, although it has occasionally been found to develop insidiously in young adults, or even in later life.

Mild cases can sometimes be controlled by medical treatment (usually eye drops) but in most cases surgery is necessary to improve the drainage of fluid from the eye.

The degree of glaucoma varies considerably from person to person and in these cases only the eye specialist who has examined the patient can judge what treatment is necessary for that individual.