Genetics in Ophthalmology
Editor(s): Wissinger B. (Tübingen)
Kohl S. (Tübingen)
Langenbeck U. (Frankfurt a.M.)
Publication year: 2003
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Developments in Ophthalmology , Vol. 37
Editor(s): Bandello F. (Milan)
VI + 224 p., 20 fig., 6 in color, 12 tab., hard cover, 2003
In the introductory chapter, current genetic paradigms and experimental genetic approaches relevant to the nature of hereditary disorders are discussed. The following contribution on the epidemiology of hereditary ocular disorders provides an excellent reference to geneticists as well as clinicians. Myopia is presented as an example of a complex clinical phenotype where genes and environment interact. Further molecular ophthalmogenetic topics, such as corneal dystrophies, cataract, glaucoma, opticus neuropathy, non-syndromic and syndromic pigmentary retinopathies, defects of vitamin A metabolism and macular dystrophies including age-related macular degeneration, are investigated in depth. The volume concludes with a survey of color vision deficiencies, a discussion of animal models and gene therapy, and a useful description of technical devices supporting patients who are losing sight.