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Vision Restoration

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited, blinding disease, affecting approximately 100,000 people in the US. There are no approved treatments.

Persons with RP lose the light-sensitive rods and cones at the back of the eye. Our goal is to render the still healthy neural cells of the retina light sensitive. Those photoswitched retinal cells would assume the role of the degenerated photoreceptors. Photoswitches have been shown to restore light sensitivity to the retina in mouse models of RP.