Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells of Living Retina Imaged For First Time
February 26, 2009
Biology News Net reports that a layer of “dark cells” in the retina (referred to as retinal pigment epithelial, or RPE, cells) that is responsible for maintaining the health of the light-sensing cells in our eyes, has been imaged in a living retina for the first time. The findings were reported in the most recent issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.
Lead researcher David Williams, director of the Center for Visual Science and professor in the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, stated that one of the goals of his team’s research is to figure out why macular degeneration actually happens. According to the article, the techniques being developed by Williams’ team could eventually help spot illness in the RPE cells long before patients experience symptoms, thus allowing doctors to start patients on therapies early enough to possibly slow or stop the onset of macular degeneration.
Read more about this research breakthrough on Biology News Net.
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