Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Iowa family fights disease that has blinded 61 relatives

UI vision researchers discover genetic cause of blindness affecting an Iowa family

Dr. Mahajan in labMembers of Ron Jackson’s family and extended family members are facing varying stages of blindness related to a genetic disorder known as autosomal dominant neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy, or ADNIV. 

Dr. Vinit Mahajan and researchers in the UI Institute for Vision Research are studying the family’s condition to identify treatment options and potential cures.

The family was featured on CBS News as part of “CBS This Morning” series “Eye Opening Breakthroughs” on June 25th.  Watch the CBS this Morning video about the family and the breakthrough that the isolation of the gene may offer.

Also see:
Read the Des Moines Register Article
USA Today Coverage

CBS News Feature