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Other Inherited Retinal Conditions

There are many different inherited conditions of the retina. The RP Fighting Blindness website provides detailed information on the large group of conditions that collectively are known as inherited retinal dystrophies or Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which affect the function and survival of the light sensitive photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) and their supporting retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. These conditions also sometimes have more specific names including rod/cone or cone/rod dystrophy, and LCA. In addition, it provides information on hereditary conditions that affect central vision called macular dystrophies, these include Stargardt and Best disease.

As research progresses and our knowledge has grown, new genes are identified, some through our own Genome Project, and genetic testing is becoming available. This means the diagnosis can be very precise and some patients will be given their diagnosis in relation to the specific genetic flaw (e.g. by gene name) rather than being told they have classic RP or other inherited retinal dystrophy. RP Fighting Blindness represents all of those diagnosed with an inherited retinal dystrophy and will attempt to keep information accurate and up to date with new developments.

A brief description of a selection of some of these inherited retinal dystrophies and related syndromes is provided here with links to more detailed information. This list will continue to be updated as new genes / conditions are identified.

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