Most, if not all, diseases have an underlying genetic contribution, therefore all clinicians, as health care providers, must have a basic understanding of genetics and competency to care and educate patients on their diseases, especially diseases with significant genetics basis. This report presents ten ophthalmic conditions that are known to be caused by mutations in single genes or combined defects in multiple genes. The main purpose is to introduce interns and clinicians in eye care to some ophthalmic genetics conditions, the core competency in genetics for all health care professionals, the resource available online for further reference, and answers to questions that patients may have about their ocular disorders.
Hua, Len; Champion, Bobby; Diep, Vivian; Picklyk, Cayla; Robillard, Collin; and Slagle, Caroline, "Genetics and Eyecare" (2012). Student Scholarship (COO). 3.