Retinitis Pigmentosa News and Research

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Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of inherited eye diseases that affect the retina (the light-sensitive part of the eye). RP causes the breakdown of photoreceptor cells (cells in the retina that detect light). Photoreceptor cells capture and process light helping us to see. As these cells breakdown and die, patients experience progressive vision loss. The most common feature of all forms of RP is a gradual breakdown of rods (retinal cells that detect dim light) and cones (retinal cells that detect light and color). Most forms of RP first cause the breakdown of rod cells. These forms of RP, sometimes called rod-cone dystrophy, usually begin with night blindness. Night blindness is somewhat like the experience normally sighted individuals encounter when entering a dark movie theatre on a bright, sunny day. However, patients with RP cannot adjust well to dark and dimly lit environments.
Researchers successfully restore sense of vision in blind people using BVT's bionic eye

Researchers successfully restore sense of vision in blind people using BVT's bionic eye

NEI investigators combine two imaging modalities to view the retina in unprecedented detail

NEI investigators combine two imaging modalities to view the retina in unprecedented detail

Researchers to develop new stem cell-based strategies for treating vision disorders

Researchers to develop new stem cell-based strategies for treating vision disorders

Excessive use of erectile-dysfunction medication could lead to long-term vision problems

Excessive use of erectile-dysfunction medication could lead to long-term vision problems

First U.S. patient treated with innovative gene therapy at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

First U.S. patient treated with innovative gene therapy at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Scientists publish study results of AAV therapy product for treatment of RHO-adRP

Scientists publish study results of AAV therapy product for treatment of RHO-adRP

Scientists report novel gene therapy that halts vision loss in canine model of blinding disease

Scientists report novel gene therapy that halts vision loss in canine model of blinding disease

Researchers create the world’s first artificial retina

Researchers create the world’s first artificial retina

Mount Sinai study could transform treatment for patients with retinal degenerative diseases

Mount Sinai study could transform treatment for patients with retinal degenerative diseases

Scientists reverse congenital blindness in mouse model

Scientists reverse congenital blindness in mouse model

Progesterone and lipoic acid combination ameliorates death of photoreceptors in the retina

Progesterone and lipoic acid combination ameliorates death of photoreceptors in the retina

Gene therapy that reverses blindness in dogs could also help treat humans

Gene therapy that reverses blindness in dogs could also help treat humans

Researchers transplant retinal sheets derived from human embryonic stem cells in retinal degeneration mouse models

Researchers transplant retinal sheets derived from human embryonic stem cells in retinal degeneration mouse models

Scientists find fast way to manipulate cell's cilia

Scientists find fast way to manipulate cell's cilia

CRISPR-based treatment can restore retinal function in mice with eye disease

CRISPR-based treatment can restore retinal function in mice with eye disease

New lab-on-a-chip device shows promise in treating retinal diseases

New lab-on-a-chip device shows promise in treating retinal diseases

New strategy found to delay onset of blindness in mice

New strategy found to delay onset of blindness in mice

Immune cells can repopulate in the retina after elimination, mice study shows

Immune cells can repopulate in the retina after elimination, mice study shows

Duke scientists pinpoint new therapeutic target for macular degeneration

Duke scientists pinpoint new therapeutic target for macular degeneration

BIST researchers develop new retinal prosthesis to address visual degeneration

BIST researchers develop new retinal prosthesis to address visual degeneration