Genetic testing in retinal dystrophies.

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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: Oman journal of ophthalmology

. Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2011, Pages 105-7.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.4103/0974-620X.91264.. Copyright © Medknow


Developments in genetics and technology are bringing with them incredible possibilities in the management and potential cure of patients with retinal dystrophy. In this editorial, we address the issue of genetic testing in retinal dystrophies. In the first section, we provide some background information about genetic testing. In the second section, we discuss how genetic testing can be helpful to patients and families with retinal dystrophy. In the third section, we introduce some important considerations that one must be aware of while contemplating genetic testing.