Leber's congenital amaurosis

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Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Leber's congenital amaurosis is a rare hereditary ophthalmic condition that can lead to loss of vision, also known as "amaurosis", in infants from birth or within their first few months.

The extent of loss of vision varies from patient to patient and can be severe, that is resulting in only minimal perception of light.

Leber's congenital amaurosis is thought to be caused by abnormal development of photoreceptors, which are located in the retina of the eye.

Leber's congenital amaurosis is named after German Ophthalmologist, Theodor Karl Gustav von Leber (1840 - 1917).

Note: Leber's congenital amaurosis is not to be confused with Leber's optic atrophy, which is a different ophthalmic condition described by the same person (Theodor Karl Gustav von Leber, 1840 - 1917).

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The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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