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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.
Study reveals tiny gene fragments as crucial new players in retinal development and vision

Study reveals tiny gene fragments as crucial new players in retinal development and vision

New discovery could lead to the development of therapeutic approaches for retinitis pigmentosa

New discovery could lead to the development of therapeutic approaches for retinitis pigmentosa

Topical ocular administration of progesterone could be viable treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

Topical ocular administration of progesterone could be viable treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

Discovery provides a more precise picture of the retina's optical properties

Discovery provides a more precise picture of the retina's optical properties

Desipramine and L-cycloserine together reduce ceramide levels in the retina and enhance vision

Desipramine and L-cycloserine together reduce ceramide levels in the retina and enhance vision

Cryo-ET reveals molecular mechanisms underlying gene mutations within the eye

Cryo-ET reveals molecular mechanisms underlying gene mutations within the eye

Researchers uncover production mechanism of protein crucial for vision

Researchers uncover production mechanism of protein crucial for vision

HyVIS project to develop bionic synapses for retinal prostheses

HyVIS project to develop bionic synapses for retinal prostheses

Scientists identify new genes associated with familial Meniere's disease

Scientists identify new genes associated with familial Meniere's disease

Researchers identify new gene variants that may cause inherited retinal dystrophies

Researchers identify new gene variants that may cause inherited retinal dystrophies

Australian researchers hope to switch on sight with new gene therapy

Australian researchers hope to switch on sight with new gene therapy

No papers, no care: Disabled migrants seek help through lawsuit, activism

No papers, no care: Disabled migrants seek help through lawsuit, activism

New technology makes it easier to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases

New technology makes it easier to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases

New printable device could restore sight to blind people

New printable device could restore sight to blind people

Gene therapy may offer a new approach to preserving vision in people with retinitis pigmentosa

Gene therapy may offer a new approach to preserving vision in people with retinitis pigmentosa

Advanced computer model could lead to improvements in 'bionic eye' technology

Advanced computer model could lead to improvements in 'bionic eye' technology

Fight for Sight funds research to explore gene editing as treatment for inherited retinal diseases

Fight for Sight funds research to explore gene editing as treatment for inherited retinal diseases

UC San Diego researchers launch clinical trial to test gene therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

UC San Diego researchers launch clinical trial to test gene therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

Study finds locations of early prion protein accumulation in the eye

Study finds locations of early prion protein accumulation in the eye

Newly developed light-sensing protein restores vision in blind mice

Newly developed light-sensing protein restores vision in blind mice