• If my daughter carries a gene for a retinal disease, should she be examined?


    Question:

    My daughter carries the gene for familial exudative vitriol retinopathy (FEVR). Her mother is legally blind from it. We thought we were safe, but her cousin showed signs at the age of 26, which is my daughter’s age now. Is it worth having a fluorescein angiography? Does she just need to wait to see floaters or flashes before getting seen?


    Answer:

    If your daughter carries the gene, I think it is very reasonable for her to see a retina specialist, get a comprehensive exam and allow the physician to determine whether a fluorescein angiogram would be beneficial. I do not think that she needs to wait for symptoms before being seen.


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