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About Optogenetics for Vision Restoration

Visual Optogenetics Technology

Why Optogenetics is so different?

Optogenetics is unique in that it can restore or improve vision. Almost every other treatment in development is aimed at slowing the pace of vision loss. Optogenetics has the potential to work for all forms of retinal blindness and is not dependent on any particular gene or mutation.

We aim to treat first, those patients who are blind, have the highest unmet need and for whom other treatments will most likely have little-to-no benefit.

Because optogenetics makes use of gene therapy, a single treatment to each eye is expected to produce lifelong effects.

The Retina of the Eye

The retina is a tissue that lines inside the back of the eye. Light entering the eye from objects in the environment is focused on the retina producing a signal that is then sent to the brain.

The primary cell responsible for generating the light signal is called the photoreceptor. There are approximately 100 million photoreceptors in the human retina carefully arranged in a single layer.

Photoreceptors send the light signal electrically to other cells in the retina including cells called retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) which are responsible for relaying the signal to the brain.