Marcus P. Conway, Kirk A. J. Stephenson, Julia Zhu, Adrian Dockery, Tomas Burke, Jacqueline Turner, Francois Thai Le, James J. O’Byrne, David J. Keegan

The Role of the Ophthalmic Genetics Multidisciplinary Team in the Management of Inherited Retinal Degenerations—A Case-Based Review

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(1) Background: Inherited retinal degenertions are rare conditions which may have a dramatic impact on the daily life of those affected and how they interact with their environment. Coordination of clinical services via an ophthalmic genetics multidisciplinary team (OG-MDT) allows better efficiency of time and resources to reach diagnoses and facilitate patient needs. (2) Methods: This clinical case series was conducted by a retrospective review of patient records for patients enrolled in the Target 5000 programme and managed by the OG-MDT, at the Mater Hospital Dublin, Ireland (n = 865) (3) Results: Herein we describe clinical cases and how the use of the OG-MDT optimizes care for isolated and syndromic IRD pedigrees. (4) Conclusions: this paper demonstrates the benefits of an OG-MDT to patients with IRDs resulting in the holistic resolution of complex and syndromic cases. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this format can be adopted/developed by similar centres around the world, bringing with it the myriad benefits.

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