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Genetic Diseases of the Eye Cases and Concept

Genetic disorders constitute a small yet challenging proportion of patients taken care of by pediatric ophthalmologist. In recent years, the underlying

cause of many of these disorders, especially the retinal dystrophies and the systemic disorders associated with them have been elucidated

and therapies are emerging.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What should be done if a child
has an eye injury?

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If there is a chemical injury, immediate irrigation with water is critical. Flush the eyes and face with any available source of water for at least 10-15 minutes. Follow up immediately with a trip to the emergency room or ophthalmologist.

If a sharp object has penetrated the eye (like a fish hook), do not pull it out, but transport the person to the emergency room as soon as possible. Other blunt or sharp injuries should be examined by an ophthalmologist, since the serious nature of the injury may not be readily apparent.

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