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Friday, 11 January 2013

Researchers identify genetic markers for keratoconus


Researchers have identified genetic markers that are associated with central corneal thickness and keratoconus.
 
Fight for Sight-funded clinical researcher, Professor Colin Willoughby (pictured), along with colleagues from Queen’s University, performed a meta-analysis on more than 20,000 individuals from Europe and Asia. 
 
Commenting on the findings, Fight for Sight’s director of research, Dolores Conroy, said: “Despite the visual and social impact of keratoconus, the underlying biochemical processes and pathobiology remain poorly understood. Corneal transplantation, although effective, carries inherent risk so research into alternative treatments for keratoconus is welcomed.