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The Ocular Genetics Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado is a state-of-the-art multispecialty clinic for children and adults with eye conditions that may have genetic causes. Conditions include those found at birth affecting parts of the eye or abnormal function of the retina (the light-sensing area at the back of the eye).
Genetic eye disorders can run in families, or they can be unique to one family member. There are hundreds of eye disorders that have genetic causes. While we may not be able to identify a specific genetic cause in every patient, our knowledge is constantly improving. The Ocular Genetics Clinic is advancing the understanding and treatment of genetic eye conditions.
A medical geneticist and genetic counselor, both experts in the genetic causes of eye disorders, lead the Ocular Genetics Clinic. Before visiting the Clinic, your doctor will perform a careful eye exam, which is essential in determining the most appropriate genetic testing and counseling for each patient. Evaluations in the Clinic identify genetic causes of specific eye conditions. A genetic diagnosis may provide a patient and his or her family with more information about:
New families visiting the Ocular Genetics Clinic can expect a multi-step evaluation, which usually extends past the initial appointment. During this process, families will:
Children’s Colorado has the only center for pediatric clinical genetics in the Rocky Mountain Region, serving families from Colorado, Wyoming and surrounding states. Created in 2007 by the Clinical Genetics and Ophthalmology departments, experts at the Ocular Genetics Clinic work closely with pediatric and adult eye specialists to diagnose many conditions that affect the eye. Together with the University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute on the Anschutz Medical Campus, we provide comprehensive next-generation ocular genetic services.
Eye disorders should first be diagnosed by an eye specialist. At the Ocular Genetics Clinic, we see patients who have been diagnosed with:
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