Genetic Study of Retinal Degenerative Diseases (and other inherited eye conditions): NEI

RECRUITING (Sample collection will be suspended as of December 31, 2015.  For more information, visit the eyeGene website:

Description: The National Eye Institute (NEI) is collecting blood and DNA samples from patients with inherited retinal degenerative diseases (and other inherited eye diseases) to be used in research to identify genetic factors responsible for these conditions. The information helps the research community better understand how these conditions cause vision loss. Also, by identifying disease-causing genetic variations, researchers are better able to identify potential treatments.

Study Status: Ongoing; recruiting participants.

Partial List of Participation Criteria:

  1. Clinical diagnosis of possible retinal degenerative disease from referring physician
  2. Affected children and adults are eligible
  3. Relatives of affected individuals are eligible

Clinical Contact Information:
eyeGene Coordinating Center
(301) 435-3032

Additional Information:
Genetic study of retinal degenerative diseases listing on