Research to Prevent Blindness

Hereditary Ocular Disease

gene inheritance illustration

Each disease in the University of Arizona Hereditary Ocular Disease database is accompanied by an illustration describing how that disease is genetically passed on. This is a diagram for the autosomal dominant disease aniridia

There are more than 350 hereditary eye diseases, such as albinism, aniridia, colorblindness, corneal dystrophies, glaucoma, keratoconus, Leber congenital amaurosis, night blindness, retinitis pigmentosa and retinoblastoma, to name just a few. The University of Arizona College of Medicine, has compiled an extensive, highly useful database of hereditary ocular diseases, from A to Z, containing patient information pages written in plain language. You can find background and historical data about each condition, how the genes are passed from one generation to the next, as well as links to more technical medical information and Internet resources specific to each disorder.

The information contained in their database is not intended to be used as medical advice, nor should it be used to substitute for or replace information provided by your family physician or medical specialist.  It can, however, help you to ask constructive questions of your doctor. Before you use the site, you should read the guide "How To Use This Site: Patients." Then, proceed to the Hereditary Ocular Disease Database to conduct a search.

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