Protecting and Regenerating the Optic Nerve

A medical diagram of the optic nerve

 

Unlike most cells in the body, which repair themselves, the nerve cells providing our vision do not regrow once damaged.

BrightFocus is supporting research into ways of protecting cells threatened by advancing glaucoma as well as regenerating those cells after vision loss.

The biggest focus of our efforts is to replace and reconnect retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), nerve cells which make up the optic nerve and carry visual signals over long tails (axons) extending from the eye to the brain. This is a sophisticated undertaking, given how RGCs are wired into the brain.

 

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