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Inherited Retinal Diseases Genetic Testing Week: May 15 to 21, 2023

To call attention to Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs) and genetic testing, Prevent Blindness has declared May 15 to 21, 2023 as the fourth annual IRD Genetic Testing Week. IRDs are a group of genetic conditions caused by a change, or mutation, in a gene that can result in severe vision loss or blindness. These conditions include Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), Choroideremia, Stargardt Disease, Cone-rod dystrophy, and Leber Congenital Amaurosis. Many gene variants that cause IRDs can now be identified with genetic testing. “Early detection and treatment can help to prevent significant vision loss.” Prevent Blindness offers a web resource on Inherited Retinal Diseases to increase awareness and educate people about IRDs and genetic testing, with educational videos, social media graphics, and fact sheets in English and Spanish.

Webinar on May 16, 2023: “Inherited Retinal Diseases and Children’s Eye Health: What You Need to Know”

A free webinar on May 16, 2023 at 3 pm ET will be held for parents and families, support organizations, school nurses, Head Start and other children’s program staff, early intervention and special education professionals, teachers of students with visual impairments, and primary and eye care providers. The forum is hosted by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness. Panelists include professionals in ophthalmology, optometry, research, vision rehabilitation, and pharmaceutical professionals as well as a patient and parent of children with IRDs. Register here for “Inherited Retinal Diseases and Children’s Vision and Eye Health: What You Need to Know.”

For more information about IRD Week and related resources, read the announcement entitled National nonprofit organization Prevent Blindness provides patients, care partners, and healthcare professionals with information and materials on IRDs and genetic testing.