Genetics in Oculoplastics

Chapter

Abstract

With advancing technology, ocular genetics is a constantly evolving and expanding field. Human DNA is comprised of approximately 30,000 genes. Genetic etiology is implicated in nearly half of all childhood blindness [1]. Ocular genetics allows ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat patients, identify surveillance strategies for associated findings, clarify prognosis, and provide families with genetic counseling and disease-specific support.

Keywords

Glaucoma Hydrocephalus Thalidomide Teratoma Alopecia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, Wills Eye InstituteThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric Ophthalmology & Ocular GeneticsWills Eye InstitutePhiladelphiaUSA

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