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RP: Through A Tunnel Darkly
Produced by: Susan Davis
David Stewart
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is an eye disease that causes someone to lose his or her vision gradually. It's as if the lens of the eye gets smaller and smaller. It's not uncommon; yet it has no single cure. Producer Susan Davis joins writer David Stewart, who suffers from the disease, to investigate the latest advances in treating RP, including the possibility of implanting a computer chip into the eye.

Program Credits

RP: Through a Tunnel Darkly was written and narrated by David Stewart and produced by Susan Davis. Special thanks to the staff of the Wilmer Eye Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind in Washington, DC.


Columbia Lighthouse For The Blind, Inc.
This Washington, D.C. based organization provides Programs and activities to help the visually impaired people function independantly at home, or in the community

The Retinal Implant Project
The goal of the Retinal Implant Project is to develop a microelectronic prosthesis to restore some vision to patients with retinal disease, specifically macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology
Mission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology: To achieve accessible, appropriate and affordable eye care for the public by serving the educational and professional needs of ophthalmologists.

Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins
The Wilmer Institute is known throughout the world, not only for research, but for management of exceptionally complex and serious eye cases. They also provide compassionate and technically excellent care for patients with eye care needs.

Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder's Mother
by: Dennis Love, Stacy Brown 2002
Lula Hardaway made tremendous sacrifices to ensure her son, born with retinitis pigmentosa, could share his tremendous talent with the world.

Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See
by: Erik Weihenmaye 2002
Erik Weihenmayer, blind since early adulthood, never let his blindness stand in the way of achievement. He has taken on the challenge of climbing Alaska's Mt. McKinley, Argentina's Aconcagua, and the cliffs at Yellowstone.

Ordinary Daylight: Portrait of an Artist Going Blind
by: Andrew Potok 2003
Painter, Andrew Potok, shares his memoirs of going blind from retinitis pigmentosa, and his reluctant discovery that blindness is not the end of his creativity as an artist.

Amazing Grace: Autobiography of a Survivor
by: Grace Halloran 1993
Against all odds, Grace Halloran managed to reverse the blinding disease she was told was

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