WEEKLY UPDATE: December 26, 2019
SUMMARY: Identification of 11 genetic variants associated with retinal detachment.
OVERVIEW: The retina is a thin layer of cells in the back of the eye that detects light and enables vision. Retinal detachment is a serious medical condition that occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position and damaged in the process. If retinal detachment is not immediately treated it can result in permanent blindness. Though common, genetic predisposition to retinal detachment is not well understood. To determine genetic risk factors for retinal detachment, this study analyzed the genomes of over 5,000 individuals of European ancestry who suffered retinal detachment. The study discovered 11 genetic variants associated with retinal detachment. Multiple variants have been previously linked to other eye conditions including macular degeneration, nearsightedness, and glaucoma.
DID YOU KNOW? Because retinal detachment can be caused by external eye injuries, it is recommended to wear safety glasses during potentially hazardous activities. Typical symptoms of retinal detachment are blurry vision, the sudden appearance of floaters and flashes of light. [SOURCE]
Retinal detachment (Video)