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Retinal Pigment Epithelium Functions

James Kundart, O.D., M.Ed., F.A.A.O.

For the last 6/9 functions of the RPE, from lecture 01/18/06.

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1.Retinal detachments most often occur outer to this layer
6.Effect responsible for ocular damage due to ultraviolet radiation
8.Where the photoreceptor outer segments get their oxygen
10.Inner and outer retina structures that are connective, not functional
13.Latin name for night blindness
18.Other brain structure that the eyes most closely resemble
19.UV-A radiation might cause this if you wear no goggles skiing
2.Third force that holds the RPE to the back of the retina besides vitreous pressure and microvilli
3.Electrodiagnostic test that measures the voltage across the globe
4.Visual field defect seen in RP
5.Effect responsible for the frog's eye triggering its tongue to strike a moving insect
7.15,000 IU of this vitamin may slow the progression of RP
9.The part of the photoreceptors that can regenerate after repaired RD
11.Common name for active transport of vitamin A from the pigment epithelium
12.Where the cone photoreceptors should be pointed to take in light
14.Makes up 90% of the pigment in the macula, disappears in AMD
15.Major component of drusen in AMD
16.Photoreceptor that renews its discs every 5-10 days, in the morning
17.Color of tint in blue-blocker filters

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