Global Achromatopsia Convention takes place at Lighthouse

In keeping with its growing status as a world class vision center, the Lighthouse accommodated nearly 60 attendees of the Achromatopsia convention who gathered here August 1-3. Achromatopsia means “without color” and is defined as little or no function of the cone cells. Persons with achromatopsia are only able to perceive black, white and shades of gray. It is an inherited condition that affects approximately 1 in every 33,000 Americans. Achromatopsia is also known as rod monochromatism. This condition is associated with color blindness, visual acuity loss, extreme light sensitivity and nystagmus. It is a condition found throughout the world with varying incidence.

Attendees took tours of the agency; discussed new developments in research; looked at benefits available to those experiencing the condition; and examined future trends. Highlighting the convention was a keynote address from Dr. Gerald Fishman, a world-renowned ophthalmologist and researcher who directs the Lighthouse’s Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases. “We were honored to host this year’s event and to showcase all the innovative programs taking place at the Lighthouse,” said Rob Cancilla, a program director who copes with Achromatopsia himself.

Participants of the Achromatopsia Convention at the Chicago Lighthouse