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Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

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Retinal gene therapy: medicine of the near future

Jasleen K Jolly MCOptom

This review aims to provide clinicians with a basic understanding of genetics and gene therapy for managing ocular pathology.

Until relatively recently, gene therapy was something seen only in science fiction. Over the past 15 years, considerable progress has been made in the field, culminating in the arrival of a therapy to treat a rare inherited retinal disease, which has been approved by NICE for use as a treatment. Patients will now be seeking guidance about these treatments from their optometrist. This article will help with answering patient queries, managing patients and referring appropriately.

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