Cone Dystrophy

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Cone dystrophy is a general term used to describe a group of rare eye disorders that affect the cone cells of the retina. Cone dystrophy can variably cause a variety of symptoms including decreased visual clarity (acuity) when looking straight ahead (central vision), a reduced ability to see colors and an increased sensitivity to light (photophobia). Cone dystrophy may be broken down into two broad groups - stationary and progressive. In stationary cone dystrophy symptoms tend to remain stable and are usually present at birth or early childhood. In progressive cone dystrophy symptoms slowly become worse over time. There are several different forms of cone dystrophy. The age of onset, progression and severity of cone dystrophy can vary greatly from one person to another, even among individuals with the same type of cone dystrophy. Some forms of cone dystrophy are inherited; other forms appear to occur spontaneously for no apparent reason (sporadically).

A variety of different and confusing names have been used to describe the various forms of cone dystrophy. Some researchers limit the term "cone dystrophy" to the progressive forms of the disorder. Other researchers use cone dystrophy as an umbrella term for both the stationary and progressive forms of cone dystrophy - examples of which include achromatopsia, incomplete achromatopsia, blue cone monochromatism, and X-linked progressive cone dystrophy. This report is a general overview report on stationary and progressive cone dystrophy. For more information on an individual form of cone dystrophy use the disorder's specific name as your search term in the Rare Disease Database or contact one of the organizations listed in the resources section of this report.

Supporting Organizations

American Foundation for the Blind

2 Penn Plaza
Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Tel: (212)502-7600
Fax: (888)545-8331
Tel: (800)232-5463
Email: afbinfo@afb.net
Website: http://www.afb.org

Foundation Fighting Blindness

7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
Tel: (410)423-0600
Fax: (410)872-0574
Tel: (800)683-5555
Email: info@FightBlindness.org
Website: http://www.blindness.org/

Foundation Fighting Blindness (Canada)

890 Yonge Street, 12th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3P4
Canada
Tel: 4163604200
Fax: 4163600060
Tel: 8004613331
Email: info@ffb.ca
Website: http://www.ffb.ca

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

MD Support - The Eyes of the Macular Degeneration Community

3600 Blue Ridge Blvd
Grandview, MO 64030
USA
Tel: (816)761-7080
Fax: (816)761-7080
Email: director@mdsupport.org
Website: http://www.mdsupport.org

NIH/National Eye Institute

31 Center Dr
MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
United States
Tel: (301)496-5248
Fax: (301)402-1065
Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov
Website: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)

P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02272-0317
Tel: (617)972-7441
Fax: (617)972-7444
Tel: (800)562-6265
Email: napvi@lighthouseguild.org
Website: http://www.napvi.org

National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
USA
Tel: (410)659-9314
Fax: (410)685-5653
Email: nfb@nfb.org
Website: http://www.nfb.org

Retina International

Ausstellungsstrasse 36
CH-8005
Z rich,
Switzerland
Tel: 410444441077
Fax: 410444441070
Email: christina.fasser@retina-international.org
Website: http://www.retina-international.org

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). For a full-text version of this report, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only.

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This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

Last Updated:  2/17/2010
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