Inherited Retinal Diseases

Inherited Retinal Diseases

Inherited disorders of the retina are one of the leading causes of childhood blindness and, for the most part, there are no effective treatments. Loss of vision in these conditions is caused by the gradual loss of function and eventual death of the light-sensitive cells in the retina. We are investigating several different approaches to better understand the causes of retinal failure to provide improved advice on prognosis and counselling, and to develop novel effective treatments.
We are in an exciting new era where currently untreatable blinding genetic eye disease will increasingly be subject to clinical trials and thereby potentially amenable to treatment.