Retinal Dystrophy

Common Name(s)

Retinal Dystrophy

Retinal dystrophy is an inherited group of disorders that result in vision loss. Retinal dystrophy causes the light-sensitive cells that make up the retina, known as photoreceptors, to gradual fade and die. The photoreceptors normally capture the light and send a visual message to the brain through the optic nerve. But as the special photoreceptor cells die, the retina cannot work properly and cannot send the visual information to the brain. The most common form of retinal dystrophy is retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that leads to vision over time.

The most common symptoms of retinal dystrophy are tunnel vision, loss of central vision, night blindness, increased sensitivity to light, and reduced ability to adjust to light changes. These symptoms develop gradually over time, with age of onset differing based on the condition. Retinal dystrophy is diagnosed using an eye exam that measures the patient’s clarity of vision, strength of eye muscles, reaction to light, and ability to perform daily tasks. Retinal dystrophy is divided into two main subgroups: macular dystrophy responsible for loss of central vision, and cone dystrophy responsible for loss of visual clarity and increased light sensitivity.

Research to find genes responsible for different forms of retinal dystrophy is in progress. Therefore while genetic testing is effective in diagnosing more common forms of the condition, not all subsets can be identified using a genetic test. There is currently no cure for retinal dystrophy. However, rehabilitative treatment such as corrective lenses and mobility training can help with management of the condition. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with retinal dystrophy, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Genetic counselors and support groups are also available for more resources and information and can help connect you with others living with retinal dystrophy.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Retinal Dystrophy" returned 93 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Novel Mutations in Two Saudi Patients with Congenital Retinal Dystrophy.
 

Author(s): Leen Abu Safieh, Humoud M Al-Otaibi, Richard Alan Lewis, Igor Kozak

Journal: Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. ;23(1):139-41.

 

To report novel mutations in two Saudi children with clinical features of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and Alström syndrome.

Last Updated: 9 Mar 2016

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[Molecular exploration of the R91W (RPE65 gene) in Tunisian patients with early onset retinal dystrophy and early onset retinitis pigmentosa].
 

Author(s): Ibtissem Chouchene, Leila Largueche, Kaouther Derouiche, Souad Mabrouk, Sonia Abdelhak, Leila El Matri

Journal: Tunis Med. 2015 Jul;93(7):445-8.

 

Inherited retinal dystrophies are the major causes of blindness and visual impairment. Visual loss is due to neurosensory retinal and pigment epithelium cells degeneration. The most severe were Leber Congenital amaurosis (LCA), juvenile retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and early onset RP. ...

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2016

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Mutations in CTNNA1 cause butterfly-shaped pigment dystrophy and perturbed retinal pigment epithelium integrity.
 

Author(s): Nicole T M Saksens, Mark P Krebs, Frederieke E Schoenmaker-Koller, Wanda Hicks, Minzhong Yu, Lanying Shi, Lucy Rowe, Gayle B Collin, Jeremy R Charette, Stef J Letteboer, Kornelia Neveling, Tamara W van Moorsel, Sleiman Abu-Ltaif, Elfride De Baere, Sophie Walraedt, Sandro Banfi, Francesca Simonelli, Frans P M Cremers, Camiel J F Boon, Ronald Roepman, Bart P Leroy, Neal S Peachey, Carel B Hoyng, Patsy M Nishina, Anneke I den Hollander

Journal: Nat. Genet.. 2016 Feb;48(2):144-51.

 

Butterfly-shaped pigment dystrophy is an eye disease characterized by lesions in the macula that can resemble the wings of a butterfly. Here we report the identification of heterozygous missense mutations in the CTNNA1 gene (encoding α-catenin 1) in three families with butterfly-shaped ...

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2016

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The terms "Retinal Dystrophy" returned 4 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Progress and prospects of next-generation sequencing testing for inherited retinal dystrophy.
 

Author(s): John Pei-Wen Chiang, Tina Lamey, Terri McLaren, Jennifer A Thompson, Hannah Montgomery, John De Roach

Journal: Expert Rev. Mol. Diagn.. 2015 ;15(10):1269-75.

 

Next-generation sequencing, also known as massively paralleled sequencing, offers an unprecedented opportunity to study disease mechanisms of inherited retinal dystrophies: a dramatic change from a few years ago. The specific involvement of the retina and the manageable number of ...

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2015

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Senior-Løken syndrome: a syndromic form of retinal dystrophy associated with nephronophthisis.
 

Author(s): C C Ronquillo, P S Bernstein, W Baehr

Journal: Vision Res.. 2012 Dec;75():88-97.

 

Senior-Løken syndrome (SLS) is an autosomal recessive disease characterized by development of a retinitis pigmentosa (RP)- or Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA)-like retinal dystrophy and a medullary cystic kidney disease, nephronophthisis. Mutations in several genes (called nephrocystins) ...

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2012

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Functional characteristics of patients with retinal dystrophy that manifest abnormal parafoveal annuli of high density fundus autofluorescence; a review and update.
 

Author(s): Anthony G Robson, Michel Michaelides, Zubin Saihan, Alan C Bird, Andrew R Webster, Anthony T Moore, Fred W Fitzke, Graham E Holder

Journal: Doc Ophthalmol. 2008 Mar;116(2):79-89.

 

To examine the presence and functional significance of annular fundus autofluorescence abnormalities in patients with different retinal dystrophies.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2008

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Evaluation of Objective Perimetry Using Chromatic Multifocal Pupillometer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinal Dystrophies; Retinitis Pigmentosa; Glaucoma

 

Last Updated: 22 Nov 2015

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Stem Cell Ophthalmology Treatment Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinal Disease; Macular Degeneration; Hereditary Retinal Dystrophy; Optic Nerve Disease; Glaucoma

 

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2016

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Retinal Imaging by Adaptive Optics in Healthy Eyes and During Retinal and General Diseases
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinal Dystrophies; Age-related Macular Degeneration; Arterial Hypertension; Diabetes; Traumatic Retinopathy; Toxic Retinopathies

 

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2016

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