Meet My Mom She Has RP

Meet my Mom, she has RP.  Moms vision has deteriated very slowly over the past 60+ years, to the point of now  being 99.9 percent blind.  This has made her quite angry (Potty Mouth Grandma), and this shows through her behavior.  Mom is nearly 80 years old now and being legally blind is even more challenging at this age.

My vision is great, so I can’t even begin to imagine, but I must wonder which would be worse–being born blind and never having sight, or losing my vision slowly, along with all of the wonderful sights I’m used to enjoying?


RP Diognosis Streamlined with New Test

Research led by physician-scientists at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has produced a breakthrough discovery in diagnosing retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding disease that affects about 1 in 4,000 people in the United States.
Rong Wen, M.D., Ph.D., and Byron Lam, M.D., professors of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer, in collaboration with biochemist Ziqiang Guan, Ph.D., a research associate professor at Duke University Medical School, discovered a key marker in blood and urine that can identify people who carry genetic mutations in a gene responsible for retinitis pigmentosa (RP). “A simple urine test can tell who has the RP-causing mutations,” said Dr. Wen. “Collecting urine is non-invasive and easy, especially from young children.”