Ophthalmic Genetics


Retina Nieraj Jain, MD
Jiong Yan, MD

Nancy Newman, MD
Jason Peragallo, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmology
Amy Hutchinson, MD
Phoebe Lenhart, MD

Sheryl Menacker, MD
Jason Peragallo, MD
Natalie Weil, MD

Jeffrey Boatright, PhD
Eldon Geisert, PhD
Michael Iuvone, PhD
John Nickerson, PhD


Medicine is seeing great advances in the management of inherited eye disease. Emory is leading the way by providing state-of-the-art clinical services including the retinal prosthesis (Argus II) program, comprehensive genetics evaluations, clinical trials and premier genetic testing options including next-generation sequencing panels.

The use of genetic medicine helps to guide new therapies and treatment options for those affected with rare and complex inherited ocular conditions.

Our Genetics service brings the expertise of more than 13 physicians, genetics specialists and researchers to provide world-class, personalized, precision medical information to patients with inherited eye diseases. 

What to Expect During Your Genetics Clinic Evaluation

Comprehensive evaluation of hereditary eye disease may require that we perform special testing on your eyes. This may include taking a number of images of the eyes, visual field testing, and electrophysiology testing. Each of these tests is painless and noninvasive.

Visual field testing measures both your central and peripheral (side) vision and may take up to an hour to complete. Electrophysiology tests are tools to measure the electrical activity in the eye and provide valuable information about the health of the eye. These tests may take 2-3 hours to complete. If you are interested in genetic testing, we will assist you in obtaining these tests.

Please anticipate spending at least three to four hours for a complete clinic visit. This may be split over multiple days. Be prepared to discuss your personal and family medical history.

We look forward to caring for you.




Genetics consultation

To make an appointment to see genetics specialist, telephone:



Conditions We Evaluate

  • Achromatopsia
  • Albinism
  • Bardet-Biedl syndrome
  • Best disease
  • Choroideremia
  • Cone rod dystrophy
  • Congenital stationary
          night blindness
  • Dominant optic atrophy
  • Familial exudative
  • Leber congenital amaurosis
  • Leber hereditary optic
  • Macular dystrophy
  • Pattern dystrophy
  • Retinal dystrophy
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Rod-cone Dystrophy
  • Stargardt dystrophy
  • Stickler syndrome
  • Usher Syndrome
  • Vitelliform dystrophy
  • X-linked retinoschisis

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