Genetic testing: mapping your future.
Anyone with an inherited retinal disease (IRD) should consider genetic testing. Genetic testing may be able to identify the mutated gene (or genes) responsible for your vision loss. Armed with this important information, you and your doctor can then determine the best course of action for your disease and discuss how the newest advances in research might apply to you. You won’t know if you’re a candidate for gene therapy clinical trials, or any potential gene therapy treatments, until you know your genetic mutation.
Complex science. Simple process.
The science behind genetic testing may be deeply complicated, but the testing procedure itself can be relatively simple.
This is only general information about genetic testing. Each individual’s situation and experience will vary. Always consult your healthcare professional when making decisions about eye health or genetic testing.
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Where can I learn more about IRDs and genetic testing?
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