Eye Genetics

Eye Genetics is a diverse team working between the Centre for Genomic Medicine and The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. We see patients and families with conditions that affect vision and are thought to have a genetic or inherited basis. These may affect both children and adults.

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This includes a wide range of conditions, such as microphthalmia/anophthalmia, congenital cataract, anterior segment dysgenesis and childhood glaucoma, inherited retinal dystrophies including retinitis pigmentosa, rod-cone and cone rod dystrophy, macular dystrophy, Leber congenital amaurosis and optic neuropathy including Leber hereditary optic neuropathy.

Over recent years the underlying genetic cause of many inherited eye conditions has been identified. Where appropriate we also provide molecular genomic testing. In conjunction with the state of the art investigations and imaging techniques available at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, these modern techniques are able to provide much more accurate diagnostic information.

We are committed to sharing our expertise. We are a training centre for doctors and genetic counsellors and we organise a number of specialist courses.We have an active research programme with an international reputation at the forefront of innovation in fundamental and translational research.