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Symptoms depend on the type of Usher syndrome. There are several types and many sub-types of the syndrome. Symptoms of the syndrome may include:
The problems with eyesight are caused by an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa. This disorder includes a group of eye diseases that leads to gradual loss of eyesight.
All newborn babies are screened for hearing problems. If a hearing problem is found in the newborn, the baby will have follow-up testing. Your child's healthcare provider will test hearing, eyesight, and balance to diagnose Usher syndrome. The tests include:
One a child is diagnosed, he or she may have genetic testing to find out the type of Usher syndrome.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
There is no known cure for Usher syndrome. Spotting it early is very important so that support and education can begin as soon as possible. Treatment may include:
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