Recent research have led to the successful identification of genes and genetic risk factors for a number of types of glaucoma including primary open angle glaucoma, primary angle closure glaucoma, congenital glaucoma and pseudoexfoliation. Other studies have investigated the genes underlying quantitative traits that are important in glaucoma such as central corneal thickness and optic disc traits. These discoveries are critical toward the future development of gene based screening and novel therapeutic approaches based on molecular genetics. The International Glaucoma Genetics Consortium has been formed in the last few years to increase research and collaboration in this area.
In this session, experts will present an overview of recent advances in glaucoma genetics as well as suggest directions for future research, in order for attendees to update their knowledge of this rapidly advancing field.