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Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy


Synonyms of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy
  • Hereditary Optic Neuroretinopathy
  • Leber's Disease
  • Leber's Optic Atrophy
  • Leber's Optic Neuropathy (LHON)

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is a rare inherited disorder of the eye that is characterized by the relatively slow, painless, progressive loss of vision. This disorder can initially affect one eye or both, but both eyes are usually affected within six months. In most cases, visual loss is permanent. LHON is a genetic disorder that occurs as the result of a mutation in the mitochondrial DNA that is inherited from the mother or arises as a new sporadic mitochondrial DNA mutation.

    Organizations related to Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy
    • American Council of the Blind, Inc.
      1155 15th Street
      Washington DC 20005
      Phone #: 202-467-5081
      800 #: 800-424-8666
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.acb.org
    • American Foundation for the Blind
      11 Penn Plaza
      New York NY 10001
      Phone #: 212-502-7600
      800 #: 800-232-5463
      e-mail: afbinfo@afb.org
      Home page: http://www.afb.org
    • Blind Children's Center
      4120 Marathon Street
      Los Angeles CA 90029-3584
      Phone #: 323-664-2153
      800 #: 800-222-3566
      e-mail: info@blindchildrenscenter.org
      Home page: http://www.blindchildrenscenter.org
    • Council of Families with Visual Impairment
      1155 15th St. NW
      Washington DC 20005
      Phone #: 202-465-5081
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@acb.org
      Home page: http://www.acb.org/
    • Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc.
      611 Granite Springs Road
      Yorktown Heights NY 10598
      Phone #: 914-245-4024
      800 #: 800-942-0149
      e-mail: info@guidingeyes.org
      Home page: http://www.guidingeyes.org
    • International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND)
      PO Box 777
      Cornwall NY 12518
      Phone #: 845-534-7250
      800 #: --
      e-mail: IFOND@AOL.COM
      Home page: http://www.IFOND.ORG
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Macular Degeneration Support, Inc.
      3600 Blue Ridge
      Grandview MO 64030
      Phone #: 816-761-7080
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: director@mdsupport.org
      Home page: http://www.mdsupport.org
    • NIH/National Eye Institute
      Building 31 Rm 6A32
      Bethesda MD 20892-2510
      Phone #: 301-496-5248
      800 #: --
      e-mail: 2020@nei.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.nei.nih.gov/
    • National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
      P.O. Box 317
      Watertown MA 02472
      Phone #: 617-972-7441
      800 #: 800-562-6265
      e-mail: napvi@perkins.org
      Home page: http://www.napvi.org
    • National Association for Visually Handicapped
      22 West 21st Street
      New York NY 10010
      Phone #: 212-889-3141
      800 #: --
      e-mail: staff@navh.org
      Home page: http://www.navh.org
    • National Federation of the Blind
      1800 Johnson Street
      Baltimore MD 21230
      Phone #: 410-659-9314
      800 #: --
      e-mail: nfb@nfb.org
      Home page: http://www.nfb.org
    • United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
      8085 Saltsburg Road
      Pittsburgh PA 15239
      Phone #: 412-793-8077
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@umdf.org
      Home page: http://www.umdf.org



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