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Posts Tagged ‘retinitis pigmentosa’

Stopping Degeneration in its Tracks Part Two

GARP2 and GARP1 aren’t the only things that can negatively affect vision. Runt-related transcription factor 1 (RUNX1) can lead to too many blood vessels in the eye, also known as neovascularization. This leads to vision loss in persons with diabetic retinopathy and plays a role in age-related macular degeneration. Anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) drugs […]

Stopping Degeneration in its Tracks Part One

Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of rare genetic disorders that leads to the loss of retina cells. Symptoms include difficulty seeing at night or in low light conditions and the loss of peripheral vision. Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that blurs the central vision that you need for reading and driving. Both disorders are […]

Immune System & Eye Disease: More than Meets the Eye

Having an immune system is a good thing. It deals with bacteria and viruses, so that either we don’t get sick or if we do, our body fights them off and, for the most part, sickness isn’t fatal. Sometimes our immune system doesn’t work the way we want it to. That can range from an […]

Regeneration in the Retina

The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If you get a paper cut, the cut heals in seven to ten days. If you get a bruise, it heals within two to four weeks. If you get a broken bone, it takes three to ten weeks to heal. An injury to the retina […]

Eye Diseases by Ethnic Group

It is well known that certain diseases, such as diabetes can lead to glaucoma and exposure from high energy visible light (also known as blue light) can damage the macular pigment in the eye. What many don’t know is that some ethnic groups are at higher risk of vision conditions, regardless of exposure to difference […]

New Ways to Treat Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. Symptoms first appear in childhood and include difficulty getting around in the dark and having a hard time adjusting to changes from light to dark. This in turn leads to problems such as loss of […]

The Future of Vision is Now

Next to the weather, sports and current events, the future is a frequent conversation topic. After all, who hasn’t heard that in the future there will be: Electric cars Robots Bionic body parts Well, there are electric cars on the road, there are robots working in manufacturing and there are bionic body parts. As for […]

Energy Consumption or Working All the Time Causes Wear and Tear on the Eyes

The eyes are body parts that can’t be accused of being slackers. Eighty percent of what sighted individuals know comes from the information that the eyes receive. In turn, the eyes require an enormous amount of energy. Since they are big energy consumers and have little reserve energy, that may be a reason why eyes […]