Genetic and hereditary eye disorders are eye conditions that are passed down through families. The Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of the few centers in the world with an on-site ocular geneticist, who is best qualified to make the correct diagnoses for this group of disorders.
Genetic and hereditary eye disorders can affect all parts of the eye, including the eyelids, extraocular muscles, cornea, lens, vitreous, retina, and optic nerve.
These disorders include but are not limited to:
As there is a broad spectrum in this group of disorders, recommendations and treatment options for the patient are dependent on the diagnosis determined through the examination.
Diagnosis of Genetic & Hereditary Eye Disorders
An important component in the assessment of genetic and hereditary eye disorders is establishing a detailed medical history. Then, the physician performs a comprehensive ophthalmic examination which can last two hours or longer. Depending on the findings, genetic testing may be ordered.
Treatment of Genetic & Hereditary Eye Disorders
Once a diagnosis has been made, patients are offered treatment specific to the disorder. Genetic counseling is also offered to help patients understand the risks of family members acquiring the disease.
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At the Genetic & Hereditary Eye Disorders clinic at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Eye Institute, a multidisciplinary team works together to provide Patients First care to individuals with genetic and hereditary eye disorders.
Caregivers involved in patient care for this service are:
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