There are literally hundreds of inherited and congenital syndromes and dystrophies that can lead to retinal problems in children. The most common disorders which our specialists treat are:
- Retinitis pigmentosa, a group of inherited disorders that affects the retina’s ability to respond to light, and which can result in a slow loss of vision.
- Stargardt disease, the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration characterized by gradual vision loss from the death of cells in the central part of the retina.
- Leber congenital amaurosis, an inherited retinal degenerative disease marked by severely reduced vision at birth.
- Retinoschisis, a genetic condition where the retina splits into layers, resulting in diminished central and peripheral vision.
- Persistent fetal vasculature syndrome, a pre-birth developmental abnormality of the eyes which results in blurry vision and susceptibility to other eye diseases.
Treatment of inherited and congenital retinal disorders typically involves continuous monitoring and therapeutic steps to preserve as much of the child’s vision as possible. Here, NYEE offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging along with collaborative, multi-specialist teams prepared to help children and their parents treat and manage the many types of inherited syndromes and dystrophies.