Genetic testing offers new insights to people living with an inherited retinal disease (IRD)
Welcome to Eye Want 2 Know®, a resource devoted to understanding the genetic causes of inherited retinal diseases (IRDs). Here we feature voices from the IRD community to help others become more empowered to take informed action. Let your voice be heard: declare “Eye Want 2 Know” and speak to your healthcare professional (HCP) today about genetic testing for you or a family member.
Why I need genetic testing for my IRD
How to get a genetic test for my IRD
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
They let me know what gene [mutation] I had, my resources, and what I could do from here.”
Providing a sample for a genetic test is straightforward. Your HCP will collect a cheek (buccal) swab, saliva, or blood sample by the same process as any other swab, saliva, or blood draw. The sample will then be sent to the lab for analysis, which may take a few weeks to a few months. After that, you will be able to discuss your test results with your genetic counselor or other HCP.
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