Genetic Disease in Ophthalmology: Healthcare and Research Opportunity in Bangladesh

  • A. H. M. Enayet Hussain
  • Khaleda Islam
Part of the Essentials in Ophthalmology book series (ESSENTIALS)


Genetic eye diseases which may pass on from parent to children through genes include a large number of ocular pathologies all of which do not cause visual impairment. Global as well as country burden of the problem is unknown. Consanguineous marriage is common in the country which is a predisposing factor for the genetic eye diseases. Bangladesh is striving to develop reliable infrastructure of eye healthcare delivery system from community clinic providing preventive and promotive care to tertiary level facilities and specialized institutes providing specific treatments. Utilizing the field staffs, eye patients may be screened at the community and referred to the health facilities for further diagnosis and treatment. Sociodemographic data may reveal the consanguineous marriage history and will help diagnosing genetic eye diseases. Thus proper utilization of health system will not only ensure eye care of patients but also to create opportunities of research with data generation providing magnitude of eye disease with a focus to genetic eye disorder in this large population.


Ocular genetic disease Autosomal recessive Autosomal dominant Health system Primary healthcare Consanguineous marriage 


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The authors A.H.M. Enayet Hussain and Khaleda Islam declares that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. M. Enayet Hussain
    • 1
  • Khaleda Islam
    • 1
  1. 1.Directorate General of Health ServicesMohakhaliBangladesh

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