Half of the Australian population report a long term eye problem. Almost 500,000 Australians are blind or have low vision, impacting on their ability to live independently. 200,000 Australians are affected by glaucoma. Our research has shown that many eye conditions have a strong genetic basis.
Our research focuses on:
- using twins to understand the genetic basis of quantitative eye measurements.
- identifying the genes underlying eye diseases such as glaucoma.
Our recent research has found:
- advanced open angle glaucoma risk is dramatically increased for individuals carrying particular variants at the TMCO1 and CDKN2A genes
- blue/non-blue eye colour is largely determined by variation in a single gene, OCA2.