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Podcast: Blindingly Chatty – episode two

In this episode Laura and Mark talk about their dreams and how they see the world in sleep. Mark is living with retinitis pigmentosa so his sight has deteriorated over his life, whereas Laura lost her sight at a very young age. They also briefly cover Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS).

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) causes people who have lost a lot of sight to see things that aren’t real (hallucinations).

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Alstrom syndrome

Alstrom syndrome is an inherited condition which affects many body systems.

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Usher syndrome

Usher syndrome is an inherited condition that affects both hearing and vision. The symptoms of Usher syndrome consist of childhood-onset hearing loss, progressive vision loss caused by degeneration of the retina (retinitis pigmentosa), and sometimes balance problems.

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Refsum syndrome

In Refsum Syndrome, visual impairment is accompanied by hearing loss, neurological problems, heart problems, dry or flaky skin, loss of sense of smell, and oddly shaped red blood cells.

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Types of inherited sight loss

Inherited progressive sight loss is caused by a range of rare genetic conditions. We specialise in those which affect the retina.

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NARP syndrome

People with NARP (Neuropathy, Ataxia and Retinitis Pigmentosa) syndrome have neurological (muscle weakness, epilepsy and memory problems) and balance problems in addition to retinitis pigmentosa.