A 59-year-old female asked:
Academic facility for 2nd glaucoma opinion. dr said genetics not factor controlling glaucoma i won't be same as mother. 1st dr. disagreed. which right?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tim Conradanswered
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
There is an: Increased risk of glaucoma when you have a relative. There is high variability with the disease itself. Your disease course is not genetic.
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Dr. Matthew Gorenanswered
34 years experience
Both are right: Genetics certainly plays a role in the development of certain forms of glaucoma. But that is not to say that your treatment outcome will be determined by how your relatives did. You are a separate individual and will respond in your own way.
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Last updated Jul 30, 2013
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