WHAT IS CONE-ROD DYSTROPHY?
This is an inherited disease that, over time, causes deterioration of the specialized light-sensitive cells of the retina. People with cone-rod dystrophy typically experience decreased sharpness of vision followed by a loss of peripheral vision and color perception. The most common form of cone-rod dystrophy is Retinitis Pigmentosa. There is no treatment or cure for this disease, which is also referred to as cone-rod degeneration, progressive cone-rod dystrophy, and retinal cone dystrophy. Reference: www.afb.org
GENETICS & INHERITANCE
As a group of inherited retinal diseases, the cone and cone-rod dystrophies have many similarities to the Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) group of conditions. They can also be inherited as autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant and X-linked disorders. Currently, more than 20 faulty genes have been identified as causing cone and/or cone-rod dystrophies. Several of these genes also cause RP – sometimes RP and cone-rod dystrophy can coexist in a single family. Reference: www.rpfightingblindness.org.uk.
TREATMENT & RESEARCH
Currently there is no treatment for Cone-Rod Dystrophy. However, low vision aids are useful in early stages and later when vision becomes worse, mobility training can be of immense help.
Below are the links to the organizations providing disability care and support services to people with impaired vision.
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same boat.
For further information on closed groups in Retina Australia WA Facebook page, Please feel free to contact the office on +61 8 9388 1488 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.