Genetics of Glaucoma
Genetics of Glaucoma Study
Glaucoma is an eye disease where vision is lost due to damage to the optic nerve. It affects approximately 300 000 Australians and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide.
Glaucoma is an age related disease; a person’s chance of developing glaucoma significantly increases after the age of 50. Alarmingly, 1 in 2 sufferers do not know they have the disease. Loss of sight is usually gradual, with a considerable amount of peripheral vision being lost before the person is aware of any problem.
But there is hope: glaucoma blindness is preventable in most cases if diagnosed in the early stages.
About this Study
This research project’s purpose is to identify specific genetic risk factors associated with risk of glaucoma. Glaucoma is one of the most strongly genetic human diseases. Whilst we already know some of the key genes involved in glaucoma risk, there are many more to be found. Identifying more genes will help us learn more about the disease as well as enabling us to more accurately predict who will and will not develop glaucoma. Prediction of who is at high risk of early onset disease is key so that sight-saving treatments can be applied in time. For more information about the study click Frequently Asked Questions.
For this study we need to recruit both men and women who have been diagnosed with glaucoma by an ophthalmologist or optometrist, have been prescribed a glaucoma medication, or have family history of glaucoma.