Leber's Congenital Amaurosis


Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA)

is a rare inherited eye disease that appears at birth or in the first few months of life, and affects around 1 in 80,000 of the population. It was first described by Theodore Leber in the 19th century. It should not be confused with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy which is a different disease also described by Theodore Leber. Amaurosis refers to a loss of vision not associated with a lesion, and congenital refers to a condition present from birth (not acquired). However, beyond these general descriptions, the presentation of LCA can vary, because it is associated with multiple genes. LCA is typically characterized by nystagmus, sluggish or no pupillary responses, and severe vision loss or blindness.


MicroSystem Acupuncture improves vision of patients suffering from Leber's congenital amaurosis.