AvaGen is the new genetic test from Avellino that identifies risk for developing keratoconus and the presence of corneal dystrophies.
- A preemptive diagnostic tool, AvaGen gives physicians and patients the advantage of earlier detection to help make informed choices for healthier eye and vision care.
- The Avellino SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Test (AvellinoCoV2) is used to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a strong indicator of the patient having the COVID-19 disease.
Why choose AvaGen for your patients
The ability of genetic tests such as AvaGen to detect potentially pathogenic or deleterious variants before symptoms appear can assist eyecare professionals in recommending prevention management techniques, treatments, and refractive surgery options.
Physicians can work hand-in-hand with patients to implement healthy eyecare practices years or even decades earlier than before, potentially delaying the onset or progression of eye-related diseases.
Impacting outcomes through early identification and diagnosis
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommendations1
The AAO genetic task force states:
- Genetic testing can make a very positive impact on individuals and families affected with inherited eye disease. Mutations in a single gene and the detection of the responsible mutations can predict the development of the disease with relatively high accuracy
- Clinicians should offer genetic testing to patients with clinical findings suggestive of Mendelian disorder whose causative gene(s) have been identified, such as the TGFBI gene
- Testing should be performed under the direction of a physician and/or genetic counselor so that appropriate interpretation and counseling can be provided
- Testing should be completed and processed through a CLIA-certified lab
Genetic counselling network
1. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Recommendations for Genetic Testing for Inherited Eye Diseases, 2014.
https://www.aao.org/clinical-statement/recommendations-genetic-testing-of-inherited-eye-d. Accessed August 12, 2019