All healthcare professionals involved in IRD patient journey have a key role.
Knowledge of IRD symptoms, genetic testing, available treatments and clinical trials is of paramount importance to help IRD patients in planning their life and find the support they need. Once a healthcare professional suspects an IRD, referral to an IRD specialist is necessary. (Maldonado, et al. AAOpt 2020)
IRD patients need to be closely followed and often the specific tests patients need can only be performed at specialized centers. In addition, genetic testing can be ordered by various healthcare professionals (depending on the country) but the interpretation of the results and explanation to the patient requires the expertise of a genetic counselor and clinical geneticist.