Posted on 07th May 2012
The largest study to date on the genetics of glaucoma has identified 2 genetic variations that are associated with the condition.
Over 6000 patients, half of whom had primary open angle glaucoma had their DNA analysed. Variations were found in 2 genes which may interact with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), a molecule that regulates cell growth and survival throughout the body. Other genetic research into glaucoma have also pointed to a role in glaucoma for TGF-beta.
The researchers hope that by finding the genes responsible for the condition, new genetic based preventions and treatments can be found. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide and affects around 2% of people over 40. If you have a family history or are concerned about the condition make sure you come and see us.
24th October 2017
According to a recent report by Which? two out of five eye tests in their research sample were not up to scratch. Although independent optometry practices did very well in the research, the overall re...Read more