Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
LCA is a group of inherited retinal diseases causing blindness or severe vision loss in early childhood.
What is Leber Congenital Amaurosis?
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a group of inherited retinal diseases characterized by severe impairment vision or blindness at birth. Some retinal experts consider LCA to be a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The condition is caused by degeneration and/or dysfunction of photoreceptors, the cells in the retina that make vision possible. Photoreceptors capture light, converting it to electrical signals which are sent to the back of the brain to create the images we see. Mutations in one of more than two dozen genes can cause LCA.
Often within an affected infant’s first few months of life, parents notice a lack of visual responsiveness and roving eye movements, known as nystagmus. Eye examinations of infants with LCA sometimes reveal normal-appearing retinas. In other cases, several abnormalities are observed. Regardless, an electroretinogram (ERG), which measures retinal function, detects little if any activity in the retina. ERG tests are often essential to establishing a diagnosis of LCA. A genetic test can often provide a definitive diagnosis.
Many children with LCA habitually press their eyes with their fists or fingers. This habitual pressing on the eyes is known clinically as oculodigital reflex. The eyes of individuals with LCA can also appear sunken or deep set. Keratoconus (cone shape to the front of the eye) and cataracts (clouding of the lens through which light passes) can occur with the disease.
In some cases, other body systems (e.g., kidneys) can be affected by the genetic defects that cause LCA.
The most common genes associated with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) are CEP290, CRB1, GUCY2D, and RPE65.
LCA is almost always passed down through the autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance. In this type of inheritance, both parents, called carriers, have one mutated copy of the gene and one normal gene. They are unaffected carriers of LCA. Each of their children has a 25 percent chance of inheriting the two LCA gene copies (one from each parent) needed to cause the disorder.
Living with LCA
There are many services and accommodative and assistive resources available to people and families with LCA. Visit the Foundation’s Low Vision Resources page to learn about many of these resources. A low vision specialist can help recommend the resources that are right for you.
More information on managing LCA is in the Newly Diagnosed section of this Web site.
Genetic testing is available for LCA, and helps with attaining an accurate diagnosis. A patient and family with a genetic diagnosis are in a better position to understand which emerging treatment approaches and clinical trials are most appropriate for them.
In December 2017, the biotech Spark Therapeutics obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for LUXTURNA™, an RPE65 gene therapy that has improved vision in children and young adults with RPE65 mutations. Early funding from the Foundation helped make this treatment possible. Treatments for forms of LCA caused by other mutated genes are in the development pipeline.
Research and Clinical Trials
For the latest research advances for LCA, refer to the Foundation publication: Leber Congenital Amaurosis: Research Advances.
View a list of current clinical trials, many made possible by Foundation support.
LCA page at www.ClinicalTrials.gov.
Read the Most Recent Research on Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
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Foundation Insights Forum – January 31, 2020
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Eric Pierce Receives Proctor Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Retinal Research
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Jun 17, 2019
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May 20, 2019
Dr. Don Zack Honored for Research Contributions by ARVO and the Foundation Fighting Blindness
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May 9, 2019
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The Foundation Receives a $100,000 Research Grant from Sofia Sees Hope
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Dec 7, 2018
FDA Authorizes Clinical Trial for CRISPR/Cas9 Therapy for LCA 10
Editas Medicine, a company developing gene-editing treatments, has received authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration to launch a clinical trial for its emerging CRISPR/Cas9 therapy for people with a mutation in the gene CEP290, which causes Leber congenital amaurosis 10 (LCA10). LCA causes severe vision loss or blindness at birth.
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Sep 11, 2018
FFB Congratulates RPE65 Gene Therapy Researchers for Champalimaud Award
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Sep 5, 2018
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Aug 15, 2018
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FFB Funding More than $2 Million in New Research
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Jul 20, 2018
Call to Action: Ask Congress to Support $1 Billion in Eye Research
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Jun 22, 2018
VISIONS2018 Live Stream
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May 30, 2018
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May 3, 2018
ARVO 2018: Dr. Stephen Daiger Reports on the State of Genetic Testing for Inherited Retinal Diseases
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May 2, 2018
ARVO 2018: Dr. Steve Rose Reports on CRISPR/Cas9 for Inherited Retinal Diseases
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Apr 30, 2018
ARVO 2018: Dr. Shannon Boye Reports on her Emerging Gene Therapy for LCA (GUCY2D)
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Apr 25, 2018
ARVO 2018: World's Largest Show and Tell for Innovations in Eye Research
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Mar 7, 2018
Natural History Study Launches for LCA Caused by Specific Mutation in CEP290
The natural history study will be used to characterize the range of visual function in patients, to evaluate which visual tests may be the most useful for patients with this condition, and to determine the rate of change in visual function over a one-year period.
Jan 17, 2018
Clinical Trial to Launch for System Combining Optogenetics and Eyewear
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Jan 9, 2018
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Dec 20, 2017
History Is Made: FDA Approves Spark's Vision-Restoring Gene Therapy
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Nov 21, 2017
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Nov 15, 2017
ProQR Doses First Participant in Its LCA10 Therapy Clinical Trial
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Oct 13, 2017
FDA Committee Unanimously Recommends Approval for Spark's RPE65 Gene Therapy - Final Decision Due in January 2018
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Sep 27, 2017
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Jul 26, 2017
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Jul 25, 2017
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Jul 24, 2017
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May 23, 2017
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May 16, 2017
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May 8, 2017
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Mar 22, 2017
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Mar 16, 2017
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Feb 17, 2017
AGTC Leverages Funding from the Foundation to Move Promising Treatments into Clinical Trials
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Dec 21, 2016
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Oct 18, 2016
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Oct 11, 2016
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Oct 6, 2016
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Sep 6, 2016
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Aug 18, 2016
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Aug 2, 2016
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Jul 1, 2016
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Oct 8, 2015
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Jun 26, 2015
VISIONS 2015 — Dr. Shannon Boye Receives FFB Award for Excellence in Gene-Therapy Research
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May 19, 2015
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May 8, 2014
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Apr 8, 2014
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Aug 9, 2013
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Jun 12, 2013
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May 10, 2013
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Feb 18, 2013
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Jun 19, 2012
Have I Got a Cure for You! Debunking an Alleged Treatment on the Internet
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Apr 11, 2022
“The Only Disability is a Bad Attitude”
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Nov 15, 2021
Livie’s “New Eyes”
At the age of five, Livie was diagnosed with LCA but her doctor immediately told her parents that clinical trials were underway and that Livie could soon be eligible for treatment. Not long after, they got a phone call from Spark Therapeutics and Livie received LUXTURNA®. Now eight, Livie’s confidence is at an all-time high with her “new eyes.”
Dec 21, 2020
Hannah’s Bright Future Ahead
At seven years old, Hannah had never seen a lightning bug in the summer or a star in the sky. But after her treatment with LUXTURNA, Hannah can now play outside at night with her brothers and has a new bright future in store.
Sep 25, 2020
ProQR Announces Virtual Presentations at Scientific Conferences
ProQR Therapeutics N.V. (Nasdaq:PRQR), a company dedicated to changing lives through the creation of transformative RNA therapies for severe genetic rare diseases, today announced virtual presentations at the Ophthalmology Futures Retina Forum, European Society of Retina Specialists (Euretina) congress and the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAOpt).
Mar 9, 2020
No Slowing Down for LCA
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Dec 17, 2019
Ashlyn Experiences Joy in Day-To-Day Life After Sight Is Restored
Ashlyn’s vision was restored following her treatment with the LUXTURNA gene therapy.
Jul 22, 2019
Kailey’s Story of Hope
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Oct 16, 2018
A Boy with No Boundaries
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Aug 7, 2017
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Oct 14, 2014
Changing Someone’s Life: A New Video Emphasizes the Need to Support FFB’s Mission
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