What is Juvenile open-angle glaucoma?
Juvenile open-angle glaucoma (JOAG) is a rare eye condition, a form of glaucoma, that has its onset between the ages of 3 and 40. This differs from adult-onset primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), the age of onset of which is after the age of 40. It is not unusual for patients with JOAG to have extremely high intraocular pressure (IOP), sometimes greater than 50 mm Hg.
What are the symptoms?
There may be no symptoms in the early stages of JOAG however, as the disease progresses, patients may notice visual field loss.
Is it an inherited disease?
Yes; JOAG is most often passed down through families as an autosomal dominant trait .
Is there a genetic test available?
Yes. The John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory has released a clinical nonprofit test for Juvenile open-angle glaucoma. See Genetic Tests We Offer
How can I order a genetic test for Juvenile open-angle glaucoma?
To order this test, start by following this link.
Is there a clinical trial available for this particular condition?
Research regarding the eye and blinding eye diseases is ongoing and the answer to this question might change on any given day. Thankfully there are resources available today to assist anyone interested in monitoring progress.
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Where can I learn more about JOAG?
GeneTests is a publicly funded web site that provides medical genetics information. While primarily targeted to physicians, researchers and other healthcare providers, patients and their families interested in a reliable resource for their own research will find this up-to-date comprehensive web site an invaluable tool. See Glaucoma, Dominant (Juvenile Onset) as found on GeneTests.org
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