Two Undergraduates Co-Author a Manuscript in an Ophthalmology Journal
Our ability to see relies upon the correct functioning of the retina, comprised of various neuronal cells. Among these, two types are vital: rods and cones, which detect incoming light, and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs, human retina has ~1.25 million cells), which relay light signals to the brain via their long filamentous extensions: axons. Damage to RGCs in the retina and their axons in the optic nerve leads to blindness in glaucoma patients for which there is no permanent cure. In addition, the mechanisms underpinning the degeneration of RGCs under glaucomatous conditions are unclear.