The Duke Eye Center takes a coordinated interdisciplinary approach to diagnostic and management services for individuals with hereditary ocular disorders, and also researches the cause of those conditions.
As part of comprehensive care that crosses disciplines, Duke Eye Center offers families genetic counseling through a dedicated ophthalmic genetic counselor -- one of only 25 such counselors in the United States.
Genetic counseling, as defined by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, is “the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease” (J Genet Couns, 2006).
At Duke, our genetic counselor gathers and interprets medical and family history information to better understand how a genetic condition may have arisen in the patient and/or their family members.
In addition, other services offered include:
This information equips patients and their families with the knowledge necessary to make appropriate decisions based on their personal and family circumstances.
In addition to our genetic counselor, Duke Eye Center also offers social work services to our patients. This person is dedicated solely to our facility and works with patients and their families in many capacities.
For an appointment with our genetic counselor or to learn more about genetic tests and genetic testing, call 919-684-0584. Genetic counseling appointments are typically scheduled at the Duke Eye Center main campus (adjacent to Duke University Hospital).
For Referring Physicians
To refer patients to the Duke Eye Center, call the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-688-3583).
This single telephone number has been implemented specifically for health care providers to access the Duke University Health System. The referral center is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Amy Dameron, MS, CGC
Renee Halberg, MSW, LCSW