According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are many genetic eye diseases that that are fairly common across the populations in the world. These diseases are transmitted from the parents to their children. It is encouraging to note that not all genetic eye diseases lead to blindness. Although, these diseases have been around for many years, there is still a lot of research needed to find out how to treat them with success. The good news is that over the past twenty years, there has been a lot of progress in the knowledge regarding genetic eye diseases. However, WHO admits that there are no concrete global statistics about the problem, although estimates indicate that about 60% of the cases of blindness in children are caused by genetic eye diseases.
Some of the conditions present at birth include retinal degeneration, congenital glaucoma, cataracts, eye malformations and optic atrophy. It has also been observed that up to 40% of the cases of ocular misalignment can be traced back to a family history of the condition. Doctors have been working extremely hard to identify the inherited gene that is responsible for this condition. Read More