Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina’s ability to respond to light. This inherited disease causes a slow loss of vision, beginning with decreased night vision and loss of peripheral (side) vision. Eventually, blindness results. Unfortunately, there is no cure for RP.- eyesmart

 

Scientists develop non-invasive technique to determine gene carriers for retinitis pigmentos

Non-invasive technique can identify genetic carriers of eye disease

Scientists develop a non-invasive technique to determine if individuals carry a gene for an inherited eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa. The research is being presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Orlando, Fla.

The technique involves collecting a patient’s urine and measuring the ratio between specific compounds. The non-invasive process makes subsequent testing clinic-friendly, especially for children being screened.
Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited conditions where patients progressively lose the ability to see. Development of the disease can include night blindness and tunnel vision, eventually leading to the loss of sight.
Source: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
 
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