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Usher syndrome is the most common condition that affects both hearing and vision. A syndrome is a disease or disorder that has more than one feature or symptom. The major symptoms of Usher syndrome are hearing loss and an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, or RP. RP causes night-blindness and a loss of peripheral vision (side vision) through the progressive degeneration of the retina. The retina is a light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye and is crucial for vision. As RP progresses, the field of vision narrows—a condition known as “tunnel vision”—until only central vision (the ability to see straight ahead) remains. Many people with Usher syndrome also have severe balance problems.

There are three clinical types of Usher syndrome: type 1, type 2, and type 3. In the United States, types 1 and 2 are the most common types. Together, they account for approximately 90 to 95 percent of all cases of children who have Usher syndrome.
New role for harmonin protein in Usher syndrome

New role for harmonin protein in Usher syndrome

Small molecule treatment holds promise for Usher syndrome

Small molecule treatment holds promise for Usher syndrome

Oxford BioMedica reports RetinoStat progress in Phase I study against wet AMD

Oxford BioMedica reports RetinoStat progress in Phase I study against wet AMD

Mary Ann Liebert's peer-reviewed journal highlights latest developments in ocular gene therapy

Mary Ann Liebert's peer-reviewed journal highlights latest developments in ocular gene therapy

OtoSCOPE method offers single-run genetic testing for hearing loss

OtoSCOPE method offers single-run genetic testing for hearing loss

Dr. Hastings receives grant for Spinal Muscular Atrophy research

Dr. Hastings receives grant for Spinal Muscular Atrophy research

Research on genetic mutations could lead to accurate diagnosis of USH, says scientist

Research on genetic mutations could lead to accurate diagnosis of USH, says scientist

Acucela to present data on ACU-4429 oral visual cycle modulator for dry AMD at Retina International meeting

Acucela to present data on ACU-4429 oral visual cycle modulator for dry AMD at Retina International meeting

NYU professor conducts genetic screening at academic campuses in Boston

NYU professor conducts genetic screening at academic campuses in Boston

Gene therapy may help correct molecular flaws that cause brain disease

Gene therapy may help correct molecular flaws that cause brain disease

TECHGENE project: CLC bio selected as software partner

TECHGENE project: CLC bio selected as software partner

Discovery of molecular defect involved in hearing loss

Discovery of molecular defect involved in hearing loss

Antibiotics could treat cystic fibrosis, other genetic diseases

Antibiotics could treat cystic fibrosis, other genetic diseases

Study offers clues to beating hearing loss

Study offers clues to beating hearing loss

Molecular motors in cells work together in close coordination

Molecular motors in cells work together in close coordination

New approach to treating vision loss caused by type 1 Usher syndrome

New approach to treating vision loss caused by type 1 Usher syndrome

Cilia research may help find cure for inherited eye diseases

Cilia research may help find cure for inherited eye diseases

Fish oil may help protect against age-related macular degeneration

Fish oil may help protect against age-related macular degeneration

Natural selection has played an important role in patterning the human genome

Natural selection has played an important role in patterning the human genome

Discovery of molecule that is part of the machinery that mediates the sense of hearing

Discovery of molecule that is part of the machinery that mediates the sense of hearing