UC San Diego Researchers Find Common Variant for Glaucoma | GenomeWeb

Common variants may be behind the risk of developing glaucoma, according to University of California, San Diego's Kang Zhang. Currently, risk factors for glaucoma include a person's intraocular pressure, ethnicity, and a family history of the disease. The prevalence of glaucoma in people of African ancestry is about 2 percent to 5 percent, higher than the 1 percent to 2 percent reported among Caucasians. However, the rate is even higher among Afro-Caribbeans, reaching about 10 percent.

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