A study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) has discovered 3 more genes associated with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), the most common type of glaucoma and a leading cause of blindness worldwide (Bailey JC et al. Nature Gen. doi:10.1038/ng.3482 [published online January 11, 2016]). Previously, 12 genes have been linked to glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve due to the buildup of fluid and pressure in the eye and affects about 2.7 million people in the United States (http://1.usa.gov/1PeCHPn).
Jacob JA. Researchers Find 3 More Glaucoma-Related Genes. JAMA. 2016;315(8):741. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0559