Journal article

Complex genetics of complex traits: the case of primary open-angle glaucoma

Alex W Hewitt, Jamie E Craig, David A Mackey

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPHTHALMOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

Glaucoma, which is a complex heterogeneous disease, presents an ideal case for genetic investigation. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is the commonest subtype and will be the focus of this review. When detected early, POAG is amenable to therapeutic intervention. Unfortunately, current population-based clinical screening lacks efficacy. If individuals with a genetic predisposition for developing POAG can be identified, then efficient and cost-effective population-based screening programs could be designed. Although considerable inroads have been made in understanding the natural history of POAG caused by mutations in the myocilin and optineurin genes, other POAG genes accounting for most ..

View full abstract