Ophthalmology

Genetic testing for ophthalmology

For patients in the USA with inherited retinal degeneration, click here to learn more about the no-cost My Retina Tracker Program.

Our panels include over 3,900 genes selected based on curated gene reviews, variant databases (HGMD and ClinVar), most recent literature, and customer requests. We offer enhanced clinical utility, maximized diagnostic yield, empowered differential diagnosis as well as analytically validated up-to-date genes across all our panels. Difficult-to-sequence genes are covered with high quality enabling true diagnostic impact in challenging patient cases. Blueprint Genetics also participates in a program providing no-cost, high quality genetic testing to patients with an inherited retinal disease in the United States. Read more here.

Genetic testing for eye disorders is becoming an increasingly useful diagnostic tool, especially considering the promising developments in gene therapy in this field. A number of therapies are now in clinical trials, and gene therapy is quickly becoming a reality for patients with inherited retinal diseases (PMID: 24439297, 26835369, and https://clinicaltrials.gov).

The broadest group of diseases covered by our panels are retinal dystrophies, including retinitis pigmentosa, cone rod dystrophy, macular dystrophies, congenital stationary night blindness, Leber congenital amaurosis, achromatopsia, flecked retina disorders, and vitreoretinopathies. The panels also cover syndromes with ophthalmologic manifestations, such as Usher syndrome and Bardet-Biedl syndrome.

What genetic diagnostics can offer for ophthalmology cases

Retinal dystrophies are characterized by remarkable genetic heterogeneity and significant phenotypic overlap between related conditions. Molecular genetic diagnostic testing is the most efficient way to subtype these diseases. High quality testing combined with clinical interpretation provide the necessary information to confidently make individualized treatment and management decisions.

In addition to its value in making a clinical diagnosis, genetic diagnosis is key to understanding the inheritance pattern and prognosis of each disease. Genetic diagnosis can also help in genetic counseling and family planning. Additionally, a potential benefit of genetic diagnosis is the opportunity to access novel therapies.

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Latest news and resources

AGTC Joins the My Retina Tracker® Program as a New Scientific Collaborator

Oct 07, 2020

The My Retina Tracker Program, a collaboration between Blueprint Genetics, Foundation Fighting Blindness and InformedDNA, is an open access, no-cost program that offers individuals with IRD living in the US easy access to high-quality genetic diagnostics and genetic counseling. AGTC joins the program as a new scientific collaborator to enhance development of  their investigational gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases (IRD).

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Webinars

An Introduction to Genetic Testing: What You Need to Know When Ordering a Test

Sep 23, 2020

In this webinar, Laboratory Director Dr Jennifer Schleit will provide an overview of multiple genetic testing technologies and their applications, with a focus on next-generation sequencing (NGS). This webinar is intended for individuals with less experience ordering genetic testing or who would like to refresh their knowledge on genetic testing technologies.

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Genetic Testing for Inborn Errors of Immunity: What’s Included In Your Test?

Sep 21, 2020

In this educational webinar, North American Marketing Manager Joe Jacher, MS, CGC and Executive Medical Director Dr Tero-Pekka Alastalo, MD, PhD will provide an introduction to genetic testing for inborn errors of immunity and examine Blueprint Genetics’ experience sequencing thousands of individuals suspected of having an inborn error of immunity.

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