Before considering a genetic test it is important that you have an ophthalmologist who is knowledgeable about inherited retinal disorders to participate in your ongoing care. We do not think that it is a good idea to perform genetic testing without the involvement of a physician for a variety of reasons including:
Occasionally, patients choose to come to Iowa City to see Dr. Stone, or one of his colleagues. In that case he can provide both the medical care and the genetic testing as part of their care. This is usually not practical for people who live more than a few hundred miles from Iowa City; and it is certainly not necessary to be able to have the testing done by our lab. However, you will need to identify a doctor who will actually order the test for you and arrange to have the results explained to you by an experienced geneticist or genetic counselor.
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