To illustrate the added value of visual electrophysiology in the diagnosis of inherited retinal dystrophies and dysfunctions, and their management in the ophthalmic genetic clinic.Methods:
A systematic overview with a case presentation format will be used to illustrate different genetically determined retinal dystrophies and dysfunctions. Case descriptions will include clinical and electrophysiological phenotypes as well as genotypes.Results:
Phenotypes and genotypes of genetically determined retinal diseases are very different, and visual electrophysiology is essential in making a correct diagnosis.Conclusions:
Taking a thorough history in combination with an extensive clinical examination and psychophysical and electrophysiological tests most often allows a to make a specific diagnosis when dealing with inherited retinal disease. Visual electrophysiology also allows to distinguish between progressive and stationary conditions, and it provides essential information regarding evolution of progressive disease.