“Clean Up” Cells May be Key to Preventing Vision Loss

“Clean Up” Cells May be Key to Preventing Vision Loss

Scientists at the National Eye Institute have discovered malfunctioning “trash clean up” cells that may be the new and more definitive step in treating retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that causes blindness by targeting the retinal layer of the eye. Microglial cells normally target “invader” cells to clean up the area around the central nervous […]

Antioxidant Genes Slow Vision Loss

Antioxidant Genes Slow Vision Loss

Using antioxidant gene therapy, scientists are slowing down vision loss and cell death by boosting photoreceptor cell’s own antioxidant powers. Rods and cones (photoreceptors) allow us to see light and transmit the information to the brain. When these cells get too much oxygen, such that occurs in a disease process like Retinitis Pigmosa, these cells […]