The clinical diagnosis of typical RP has been recognized for decades. With the exciting advances in the dynamic field of ocular genetics and new therapies emerging to now treat this disease it is now imperative that ophthalmologists turn the well-recognized phenotype into a genotype by carefully considering the whole patient, their family and the details of their presentation to make a diagnosis of a specific type of RP. In the talk, the speaker will go over the clinical and genetic work-up of these patients as well as the other ocular and systemic findings that such patients may have and how to best lead these patients towards clinical trials and possible treatment. We will discuss the current and emerging therapies to maximize patient outcomes. There is an exciting revolution occurring in inherited retinal diseases. All eye health professionals should be aware of what we currently (and soon will) have available to help these patients.
Lecturer: Dr. Alex Levin, Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics, Flaum Eye Institute, Rochester, NY, USA