The Duke Eye Center Genetic Counseling program takes a coordinated interdisciplinary approach to diagnostic and management services for individuals with hereditary ocular disorders, and also researches the cause of those conditions.
In addition to care that crosses disciplines, the program offers families genetic counseling through a dedicated ophthalmic genetic counselor -- one of only 15 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 family and assess the risk of recurrence for other 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. Duke Eye Center offers convenient locations near Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and other areas of North Carolina.
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.
Erica Burner, MS, CGC
Renee Halberg, MSW, LCSW