To report a case of glaucoma and the inherited red cell membranopathy hereditary spherocytosis diagnosed simultaneously in 2 individuals in a family.
A 66-year-old man with normal pressure glaucoma and hereditary spherocytosis.
This patient presented with a branch retinal vein occlusion, and normal tension glaucoma that was incidentally detected. Further history revealed that the patient’s maternal grandmother also had hereditary spherocytosis and glaucoma.
We hypothesize that glaucoma and hereditary spherocytosis may be associated. Hereditary spherocytosis may be a potential risk factor for glaucoma by causing impaired blood supply to the optic nerve.
*Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne
†The Royal Melbourne Hospital
‡Eye Surgery Associates, Melbourne, Vic.
§St Vincent’s Hospital
∥Discipline of Ophthalmology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Simon E. Skalicky, MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO, Eye Surgery Associates, Level 2, 232 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne Vic. 3002, Australia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received August 9, 2018
Accepted August 9, 2018