ID YOUR IRD is simple and free.*

The ID YOUR IRD gene testing initiative is specifically designed to be easily accessible. The genetic test and optional, confidential telephone consultation sessions with a genetic counselor are available at no cost to all eligible U.S. residents with certain inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), upon authorization by their doctor.

Your information is confidential and will not be shared with anyone, nor used for any purpose, not authorized by you. Please see the terms and conditions of the ID YOUR IRD initiative.

*Subject to the terms and conditions of the initiative.

THE ID YOUR IRD MISSION.

IRD genetic testing can't tell if you're at risk for other health conditions—but it may offer insight into the underlying cause of vision impairment. The ID YOUR IRD gene testing initiative will not be able to provide genetic information to everyone with an IRD, but the initiative aims to help inform as many people as possible.

WHO'S INVOLVED.

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YOUR IRD DOCTOR

The doctor you consulted with for your IRD is your main ID YOUR IRD companion and works with you to determine your eligibility. If he or she authorizes your participation, you or your parent or guardian will be asked to complete a written consent acknowledging that you agree to the terms and conditions of the initiative. Your doctor will then order your genetic test, and contact you to discuss your genetic test results when they become available.

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PATIENT LIAISON

Patient Liaisons are representatives from Spark Therapeutics who can discuss the ID YOUR IRD initiative with you. Your Patient Liaison is available to answer your questions about the initiative and will help you understand the process that is necessary to participate in the initiative.

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GENETIC COUNSELOR

If you are eligible for the ID YOUR IRD initiative, and your doctor authorizes your participation, Spark Therapeutics will cover the cost of optional confidential telephone consultation sessions with a genetic counselor. These consultation sessions can be as long or as short as you desire.

Genetic counselors provide personalized care to help people understand what their test results mean in general and how they might relate to symptom progression. Speaking with a genetic counselor can help you and your doctor make informed decisions based on complex genetic information. Even if you've already had kids or don't plan on having them, genetic counseling can help you better prepare for the future.

Your Patient Liaison from Spark Therapeutics can connect you with a genetic counselor at any time after your eligibility is confirmed.

WHAT TO DO.

DECIDE IF ID YOUR IRD MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU

  • Complete the 4-question screener
  • Talk to a Patient Liaison from Spark Therapeutics

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss ID YOUR IRD
  • Doctor authorizes your participation and orders your genetic test
  • Eligibility confirmed and patient consent form completed
  • Doctor sends blood or saliva sample to laboratory
  • Genetic counseling session via telephone (optional and confidential)

WAIT FOR YOUR RESULTS
(4-6 WEEKS)

  • Sample analyzed at PreventionGenetics, a CLIA- and ISO-accredited laboratory
  • Test results sent back to your doctor

DISCUSS YOUR RESULTS

  • Once received, your doctor will contact you to discuss the test results
  • Genetic counseling session via telephone (optional and confidential)

Learn more about genetic testing.

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