THE RECOGNITION of the role played by hereditary factors in the etiology of glaucoma is not only of theoretical interest, but also of practical clinical importance. A carefully elicited genetic history often helps in the management of an established case of glaucoma. It also supplies important corroborative data toward the diagnosis of early glaucoma in a patient who has borderline intraocular tension.
The genetic approach thus becomes a valuable aid in the detection of new cases of glaucoma. If treatment is started in an early stage of the disease, much can be done toward prevention of blindness from glaucoma. This is one of the aims of the recently organized Heredity Clinic of the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. With the aid of the New York State Commission for the Blind and other social agencies, it is hoped that other institutions may be stimulated to establish similar clinics, so that this case-finding
FREY WG, POSNER A. FAMILIAL GLAUCOMAReport of a Pedigree. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(4):454-458. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030464006