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Leber hereditary optic neuropathy


Other Names for this Disease
  • Leber optic atrophy
  • Leber’s disease
  • LHON
  • Optic atrophy, Leber type
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  • Are people with Lebers hereditary optic neuropathy partially blind for a long period of time or does their condition progress to permanent blindness? Do all people with this condition become permanently blind? Is this condition genetic? Is it more likely to be passed on by a male or female? Is there anyway to prevent LHON with certain vitamins or foods? Are there any surgical treatments available to alter this condition or is it permanent for life? Click here for answer