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Health Agencies Update
February 23, 2016

Researchers Find 3 More Glaucoma-Related Genes

JAMA. 2016;315(8):741. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0559

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).

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