Inherited eye diseases in Turkey: Current approaches and future directions


YAYLACIOĞLU TUNCAY F., GÜNTEKİN ERGÜN S., Oner A., Turan A., ÖZMERT E., ERGÜN M. A. , ...More

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS PART C-SEMINARS IN MEDICAL GENETICS, vol.184, no.3, pp.773-781, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 184 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31829
  • Journal Name: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS PART C-SEMINARS IN MEDICAL GENETICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.773-781
  • Keywords: consanguinity, gene, inherited eye diseases, ocular genetics, Turkey, RETINITIS-PIGMENTOSA, CHILDHOOD BLINDNESS, MEDICAL GENETICS, VISUAL FUNCTIONS, TURKISH, HEALTH, IDENTIFICATION, IMPLANTATION, MUTATIONS, GENOMICS
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The aim of this review is to reveal Turkey's current status of medical practice in inherited eye diseases and the necessary steps to improve healthcare services and research activities in this area. Since consanguinity rate is high, disease burden is estimated to be high in Turkey. Universal health insurance system, easily accessible medical specialists, increasing genetic test, and counseling opportunities are the key advantages of Turkey's healthcare system. However, specialized clinics for inherited eye diseases, low-vision rehabilitation services, training of ophthalmologists about the recent developments in ocular genetics, and multidisciplinary translational research are the main headlines needed to be focused for better health services and successful research in Turkey.