Patient’s story: What it is like to go Blind

Marc Muszynski was born with rod- cone dystrophy which is form of macular degeneration.  In this video he will explain his story and what it is like to go blind.
Rod -cone dystrophy is an inherited eye disease and it affects the photoreceptors , rods and cones.This disease usually affects children and will continue into adulthood.  It is considered genetically based and results from a misprint in a child’s genes.  In young children you may notice that their eyes tend to move fast “to and fro” movements, which is called Nystagmus, their eyes may appear to be wandering around the room not fixing or staying on any objects or they are constantly touching their eyes with their fingers.
Cones and rods change light into electric nerve messages  to our brain  through our optic nerve. The cones are photoreceptors that allow us to see fine details and color and comprise our central vision.  
Rods are for low light vision and permit night and peripheral vision.  
Adults and children with rod-cone dystophy can experience loss of night vision and peripheral vision, sensitivity to bright light and trouble with color vision. They will have problems with the red-green and blue-yellow color ranges. Their vision seems better at dusk.  
There are no current treatments available for this disease, however doctors will tell you to eat green leafy vegetables and may put you on Vitamins.  Researchers are investigating gene therapy and stem cells to see if they can be of help in finding a treatment for this disease. 
 
Please watch the video as he explains what it’s like to go blind.
 

 

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