Where can I find out more about research into inherited eye diseases?

There are a large number of genetic disorders that cause damage to different structures of the eye - like the retina, lens and cornea - resulting in sight loss. Although rare, these conditions are most likely to affect children and then to continue into adulthood.

Research to find solutions to these conditions is ongoing. The projects are focused on understanding the underlying genetics and improving diagnosis and treatments.

For example, initial research into a condition called choroideremia resulted in clinical trials at Oxford University led by Professor Robert MacLaren. The pioneering gene therapy trial uses a virus to insert the correct genetic information into the eye which leads to the right proteins being produced. The approach has been successful at clinical trial and has restored sight for patients.

Many of these projects are funded by Fight for Sight and further information can be found on their inherited eye diseases web pages.

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