A discovery by Geneva researchers provides a glimpse of a therapy against a condition that can lead to blindness.
It is the most common retinal disease in humans. A degenerative genetic disease, retinitis pigmentosa affects approximately one in 4,000 people worldwide and can lead to blindness around the age of 40. But a recent discovery by researchers from the universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Lausanne (UNIL) now makes it possible to better understand some of its mechanisms, and thus offers hope for a therapy.
The first symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa generally occur between the ages of 10 and 20, specifies the UNIGE in a press release. It is a loss of night vision. Thereafter, the field of vision gradually narrows. The disease is characterized by a degeneration of light-sensitive cells, called photoreceptors.
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