Genomics is often seen as not being particularly relevant to the general ophthalmologist. But in this film, Dr Graeme Black, professor of genetics and ophthalmology and consultant ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, explains that:
- genomics is relevant to a number of eye conditions seen by all ophthalmologists; and that
- genomics increasingly offers opportunities for better treatment and management of patients and their families.
Dr Black explains the need for all ophthalmologists to consider genomics in their interactions with patients. He gives examples of conditions where genomic testing has dramatically improved diagnostic rates, such as inherited retinal diseases; and where genomic testing has resulted in better, personalised treatment for individual patients, such as those with Leber congenital amaurosis, who may require extra screening for systemic complications.
Dr Black explains that in order for patients to benefit fully from the latest advances, ophthalmologists need to have increased awareness of genomics. However he also highlights the need for support from genomics experts, such as clinical geneticists and genomic counsellors.
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Health Education England's Genomics Education Programme is developing a substantial education programme to inform healthcare professionals about the impact of genomics on clinical practice. This video is the one of the many educational resources from the programme.
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