1. A First Glimpse into Disc Shedding in the Human Eye

    A First Glimpse into Disc Shedding in the Human Eye

    An elusive biological cycle in the eye – the daily disposal and regeneration of the end tips of photoreceptor cells – has been captured in images for the first time in a living human eye. Photoreceptors are light-sensitive cells responsible for initiating vision. This glimpse into the inner workings of the eye will help scientists better understand, prevent and manage major eye diseases that affect photoreceptors like age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The physiological processes of disposal and regeneration — called “disc shedding” and “disc renewal” — are fundamental to maintaining the health of photoreceptors. The novel imaging method devised by these scientists ...

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