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My wife is blind in one eye. Will my child be affected?

Hi,

My wife has been blind in one eye since she was born. However, it's not a common problem in their family. She has four other sisters who don't have this problem.
I was wondering if this could be passed on to my future kids.

Thanks a lot.


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Re: My wife is blind in one eye. Will my child be affected?



It depends if it is genetic. I had cateracts, and Glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosis. I lost my sight five years ago. My daughter is now eight years old and has no signs of any vision issues. In fact she has perfect sight. So, if you are worried ask your doctor and you can do genetic testing.


Re: My wife is blind in one eye. Will my child be affected?



If the problem is genetic then it can but if not then not to worry.


Re: My wife is blind in one eye. Will my child be affected?



If the cause is genetic, then perhaps. Genetic testing can tell a lot these days. However, your child will be effected in that he or she is going to grow up with a mother who handles her disability well. This can only set a good example for her children.


Re: My wife is blind in one eye. Will my child be affected?



That would really depend on what the cause of the blindness was, and if it was as genetic or hereditary condition.


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