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Scientists have identified the gene mutation that prevents photoreceptor cells from disposing of waste resulting in retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding eye disease. Retinitis pigmentosa occurs in 1 in 3,500 people or about 2 million people worldwide. The condition usually starts with night blindness and then progress to loss of peripheral vision and most of their central vision. This discovery has led to a concern that carbonic anhydrase inhibitors used to treat heart and eye disease may adversely affect vision over the long term.
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About: Discovery leads to concerns about heart and eye disease drugs causing blindness
Date: 5 December 2004
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