Comparing Gene Panels for Non-Retinal Indications: A Systematic Review

Rebecca Procopio, Jose S. Pulido, Kammi B. Gunton, Zeba A. Syed, Daniel Lee, Mark L. Moster, Robert Sergott, Julie A. Neidich, Margaret M. Reynolds

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Importance: The options for genetic testing continue to grow for ocular conditions, including optic atrophy, anterior segment dysgenesis, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, nystagmus, and glaucoma. Gene panels can vary in content and coverage, as we and others have evaluated in inherited retinal disease (IRD). Objective: To describe gene panel testing options for inherited eye disease phenotypes and their differences. This review is important for making diagnostic decisions. Evidence review: A licensed, certified genetic counselor (RP) used Concert Genetics and the search terms optic atrophy, corneal dystrophy, cataract, glaucoma, anterior segment dysgenesis, microphthalmia/anophthalmia, and nystagmus to identify available testing options performed by CLIA-certified commercial genetic testing laboratories. Other co-authors were surveyed with respect to genetic panels used for the indications of interest. Ophthalmic panels were then compared using Concert Genetics in addition to their own websites. Findings: Panels from each clinical category were included and summarized. This comparison highlighted the differences and similarities between panels so that clinicians can make informed decisions. Conclusions: Access to genetic testing is increasing. The diagnostic yield of genetic testing is increasing. Each panel is different, so phenotyping or characterizing clinical characteristics that may help predict a specific genotype, as well as pre-test hypotheses regarding a genotype, should shape the choice of panels.

Original languageEnglish
Article number738
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023


  • anterior segment dysgenesis
  • congenital cataract
  • congenital glaucoma
  • hereditary optic neuropathy
  • inherited eye disease
  • panel testing
  • retinal dystrophy


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