The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation funded a research project by Professor Jamie Craig at Flinders University, titled Improving genetic diagnosis and reproductive options for families with congenital, and developmental glaucoma.
Glaucoma in infants is a rare but devastating condition. Without treatment, elevated eye pressure leads to the expanding eyes with total blindness. Most cases need multiple surgical procedures and general anaesthetics. The cause of infantile and childhood glaucoma is almost entirely genetic, but in most cases the causative gene is unknown. Parents usually seek an accurate understanding of the risk to subsequent children, and options for prevention. This project aimed to define a greater proportion of the genetic risk for paediatric glaucoma, and to make improved testing available for families.
Seven News reporter, Megan Hopkins, reported on Professor Craig’s 2015 CRF grant – Please click on this link to view the story.