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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.
Thirteenth gene linked to Leber's congenital amaurosis

Thirteenth gene linked to Leber's congenital amaurosis

Researchers use gene therapy to restore sight in mice

Researchers use gene therapy to restore sight in mice

Bionic eye offers light at the end of the tunnel for the blind

Bionic eye offers light at the end of the tunnel for the blind

New device helps people with tunnel vision

New device helps people with tunnel vision

Scientists slow vision loss with vitamin E, alpha-lipoic acid and other antioxidant chemicals

Scientists slow vision loss with vitamin E, alpha-lipoic acid and other antioxidant chemicals

Antioxidants may slow vision loss

Antioxidants may slow vision loss

New insight into the way an embryonic retina cell develops

New insight into the way an embryonic retina cell develops

Researchers engineer cells in the eye to be light sensitive that were not before

Researchers engineer cells in the eye to be light sensitive that were not before

Fish oil may help protect against age-related macular degeneration

Fish oil may help protect against age-related macular degeneration

Retinal degeneration - researchers advance understanding

Retinal degeneration - researchers advance understanding

First-of-its-kind test on a microchip array will help diagnose retinitis pigmentosa

First-of-its-kind test on a microchip array will help diagnose retinitis pigmentosa

Scientists use gene transfer to prevent retinoschisis

Scientists use gene transfer to prevent retinoschisis

New treatment improves visual acuity score of patients with retinitis pigmentosa

New treatment improves visual acuity score of patients with retinitis pigmentosa

Researchers present information on artificial retina

Researchers present information on artificial retina

Solar cell implant may restore some sight for the blind

Solar cell implant may restore some sight for the blind

Bionic eyes from Stanford

Bionic eyes from Stanford

Preventing eye disease in retinitis pigmentosa

Preventing eye disease in retinitis pigmentosa

Mutations in newly discovered gene, NPHP5 cause Senior-Loken syndrome

Mutations in newly discovered gene, NPHP5 cause Senior-Loken syndrome

Retina implant device offers new hope for blind people

Retina implant device offers new hope for blind people

Scientists have given blind nerve cells the ability to detect light

Scientists have given blind nerve cells the ability to detect light

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