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Family risk of glaucoma

“‘Five of my nine brothers and sisters had glaucoma,’ says 81-year-old Jean R. who for 20 years has depended on eye drops to decrease pressure inside her eyes. Jean is supporting research for genetic tests for glaucoma. ‘I want my children and grandchildren to know their risk for glaucoma,’ she says, ‘and then be able to prevent it.’ With science advancing in this direction, she could have her wish.”

Reference

Title
Glaucoma
Publication Date
Published 2005
Authors
Research to Prevent Blindness
URL
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  • Human Value

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