Pharmacogenetics — Getting Closer

Ian M. MacDonald*
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

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This review is written for the generalist to provide an understanding of the application of genetics to the care of patients with glaucoma and the broader concepts of personalized medicine. More specifically, the review will link advances in the genetics of glaucoma with the concepts of pharmacogenetics and its potential to improve patient care.

Keywords: Pharmacogenetics, genomics, glaucoma, personalized medicine.