World Retina Day is focused on seeking a cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa and allied diseases.
Retinitis Pigmentosa is the name of a group of inherited retinal dystrophies that cause degeneration of the retina of the eye.
The retina, at the back of the eye, is a thin sheet of interconnected nerve cells including the light sensitive cells (rods and cones). It is here that light is converted into electrical signals to the brain where 'seeing' takes place.
In Retinitis Pigmentosa, the rod and cone cells degenerate. The rate of progression varies. There is no cure at this time.
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