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WHY SHOULD I GET GENETIC TESTING?

More answers, more control of your future

Genetic testing may give you valuable ANSWERS that empower you to make informed decisions about your future.

  • A ffirm the genetic cause of your vision loss or impairment
  • N avigate new insights into how your vision may change over time
  • S ee if you are eligible for clinical trials and potential treatments
  • W eigh the potential risks of other family members
  • E xplore support groups and low-vision resources
  • R eveal potential health impacts in other areas of your body
  • S tay engaged and informed about the future
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Over 270 genes

related to inherited retinal diseases have been identified. The genetic cause of your inherited retinal disease could be within one of them.

Early genetic testing matters. Here’s why:

  • The earlier you test, the earlier you may receive an accurate diagnosis that can put you in more control of your health
  • Your eye specialist can help you determine if you are eligible for clinical trials, or if there are any appropriate treatments, depending on your test results
  • With a better picture of your genetic cause, at-risk family members may now also be tested
  • If your result reveals impact to other areas of your body, your eye specialist may refer you to another specialist for proper care
  • Some therapies may require living cells to be eligible for treatment. For example, inherited retinal diseases may be progressive, so earlier diagnosis may provide better chances for living cells to be available