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Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

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Synonyms

  • Leber's optic atrophy
  • Leber's optic neuropathy
  • LHON

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is mainly characterized by bilateral, painless subacute loss of central vision during young adult life. In most cases, symptoms begin with one eye first, followed a few weeks later by visual failure in the other eye. Extremely rarely there may be neurologic abnormalities, such as peripheral neuropathy, postural tremor, nonspecific myopathy, and movement disorders. LHON is caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA and it is transmitted by maternal inheritance. LHON affects approximately 1:50,000 people. Many carriers never suffer significant visual loss; males are about four to five times more likely than females to be affected.

Resources

Lighthouse International
111 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022-1202
Tel: (800)829-0500
Email: info@lighthouse.org
Internet: http://www.lighthouse.org

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
8085 Saltsburg Road Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
United States
Tel: (412)793-8077
Fax: (412)793-6477
Tel: (888)317-8633
Email: info@umdf.org
Internet: http://www.umdf.org

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@perkins.org
Internet: 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
Internet: http://www.nfb.org

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
TDD: (212)502-7662
Email: afbinfo@afb.net
Internet: http://www.afb.org

American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: (202)467-5081
Fax: (202)465-5085
Tel: (800)424-8666
Email: mailman@acb.org
Internet: http://www.acb.org/

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc.
611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Tel: (914)245-4024
Fax: (914)245-1609
Tel: (800)942-0149
Email: webmaster@guidingeyes.org
Internet: http://www.guidingeyes.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
Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

Blind Children's Center
4120 Marathon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3584
USA
Tel: (323)664-2153
Fax: (323)665-3828
Tel: (800)222-3566
Email: info@blindchildrenscenter.org
Internet: http://www.blindchildrenscenter.org

International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND)
PO Box 777
Cornwall, NY 12518
USA
Tel: (845)534-7250
Fax: (845)534-7250
Email: ifond@aol.com
Internet: http://www.ifond.org/

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

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
Internet: http://www.mdsupport.org

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
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

MitoAction
14 Pembroke Street
Medford, MA 02155
Tel: (888)648-6228
Fax: (888)648-6228
Email: info@mitoaction.org
Internet: http://www.MitoAction.org

National Ophthalmic Genotyping and Phenotyping (eyeGENE®)
National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute
10 Center Drive, Room 10N226
Bethesda, MD 20892-1860
Tel: (301)435-3032
Fax: (301)480-3787
Email: eyegeneinfo@nei.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/resources/eyegene.asp

For a Complete Report:

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, 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. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

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.

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Last Updated:  1/15/2013
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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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