Ocular genetics in Taiwan

Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2017 Sep;28(5):430-435. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000398.


Purpose of review: Ocular genetics is an emerging specialty which has accompanied the advancement of modern genetic technology. This review is to understand the current status of practice in ocular genetics in Taiwan.

Recent findings: There is only one ocular genetics clinic in Taiwan. Certified clinical laboratories provide few gene tests in ocular genetics. Most ocular genetic study is focused on myopia. Financial obstacles are a major problem for patients to seek gene tests.

Summary: Despite a relatively successful, healthcare system in Taiwan, when compared with developed countries, ocular genetics is at an early stage of development. More financial resources and labor are needed to advance clinical care and research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Eye Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Eye Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Eye Diseases* / genetics
  • Genetic Testing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Morbidity
  • Taiwan / epidemiology