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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of genetic testing for infantile nystagmus (IN). Forms of IN associated with variations in CACNA1F, FRMD7 and GPR143 genes have X-linked recessive inheritance, whereas variations in SLC38A8, TYR and TYRP1 genes have an autosomal recessive inheritance and variations in COL11A1, CRYBA1 and PAX6 genes have an autosomal dominant inheritance. The prevalence of all forms of IN is estimated to be 1 in 5000. Clinical diagnosis is based on clinical findings, age of onset, family history, ophthalmological examination, fundoscopy, electroretinography, optical coherence tomography, slit lamp examination and visual evoked potentials. The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis, and for differential diagnosis, couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.

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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of genetic testing for Stargardt macular dystrophy (STGD). STGD is mostly inherited in an autosomal recessive manner and rarely in an autosomal dominant manner, with an overall prevalence of 1-5 per 10 000 live births. It is caused by variations in the ABCA4, CNGB3, ELOVL4, PRPH2 and PROM1 genes. Clinical diagnosis is based on ophthalmological examination, fluorescein angiography, electroretinography, visual field testing, optical coherence tomography and color testing. The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis, and for differential diagnosis, couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.

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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of genetic testing for ocular coloboma (COI). COI is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner associated with variations in the PAX6, ABCB6 and FZD5 genes and in an autosomal recessive manner associated with variations in the SALL2 gene. Overall prevalence is 1 per 100,000 live births. Clinical diagnosis is based on clinical findings, ophthalmogical examination, family history, fundus examination and electroretinography. The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis, and for differential diagnosis, couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.

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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of genetic testing for Mendelian myopia (MM), a large and heterogeneous group of inherited refraction disorders. Variations in the SLC39A5, SCO2 and COL2A1 genes have an autosomal dominant transmission, whereas those in the LRPAP1, P3H2, LRP2 and SLITRK6 genes have autosomal recessive transmission. The prevalence of MM is currently unknown. Clinical diagnosis is based on clinical findings, family history, ophthalmological examination and other tests depending on complications. The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis, and for differential diagnosis, couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.

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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of the genetic test for Bietti crystalline dystrophy (BCD). The disease has autosomal recessive inheritance, a prevalence of 1 per 67 000, and is caused by mutations in the CYP4V2 gene. Clinical diagnosis is based on clinical findings, ophthalmological examination, electroretinography and optical coherence tomography. The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis, and for differential diagnosis, couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.

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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of genetic testing for Senior- Loken syndrome (SLSN). SLSN is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, has a prevalence of one in a million, and is caused by variations in CEP164, CEP290, INVS, IQCB1, NPHP1, NPHP3, NPHP4, SDCCAG8, TRAF3IP1 and WDR19 genes. Clinical diagnosis is based on kidney (urine analysis, abdominal ultrasound, kidney function) and eye assessment (visual acuity test, fundus examination, refraction defects, color testing and electroretinography). The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis, and for differential diagnosis, couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.

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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of genetic testing for familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR). There is insufficient data to determine the prevalence of FEVR. Variations in the FZD4 (OMIM gene: 604579; OMIM disease: 133780), TSPAN12 (OMIM gene: 613138; OMIM disease: 613310) and ZNF408 (OMIM gene: 616454; OMIM disease: 616468) genes have autosomal dominant inheritance, whereas variations in LRP5 (OMIM gene: 603506; OMIM disease: 601813) have autosomal dominant or recessive inheritance and variations in NDP (OMIM gene: 300658; OMIM disease: 305390) have X-linked inheritance. Clinical diagnosis is based on clinical findings, family history, ophthalmological examination, fundoscopy, slit-lamp examination and fluorescein angiography. The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis and for differential diagnosis, couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.

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Inherited eye diseases are a group of conditions with genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity. Advances in ocular genetic research have provided insights into the genetic basis of many eye diseases. Genetic and technological progress is improving the management and care of patients with inherited eye diseases. Diagnostic laboratories continue to develop strategies with high specificity and sensitivity that reduce the costs and time required for genetic testing. The introduction of next generation sequencing technologies has significantly advanced the identification of new gene candidates and has expanded the scope of genetic testing. Gene therapy offers an important opportunity to target causative genetic mutations. There are clinical trials of treatments involving vector-based eye gene therapies, and a significant number of loci and genes now have a role in the diagnosis and treatment of human eye diseases. Applied genetic technology heralds the development of individualized treatments, ushering ophthalmology into the field of personalized medicine. Many therapeutic strategies have demonstrated efficacy in preclinical studies and have entered the clinical trial phase. In this paper we review the topic of genetic testing in inherited eye diseases. We provide some background information about genetic counseling and genetic testing in ophthalmology and discuss how genetic testing can be helpful to patients and families with inherited eye diseases.

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We studied the scientific literature and disease guidelines in order to summarize the clinical utility of genetic testing for ocular albinism and oculocutaneous albinism. Ocular albinism has X-linked recessive inheritance, with a prevalence that varies from 1/40000 to 1/1000000, and is caused by mutations in the GPR143 and CACNA1F genes. Oculocutaneous albinism has autosomal recessive inheritance, with an overall prevalence of 1/17000, and is caused by mutations in the TYR, OCA2, TYRP1, SLC45A2, SLC24A5 and C10orf11 genes. Clinical diagnosis involves ophthalmological examination, testing of visually evoked potentials (VEP) and electrophysiological testing (ERG). The genetic test is useful for confirming diagnosis, differential diagnosis, for couple risk assessment and access to clinical trials.