Retinitis pigmentosa: Genetic Eye Disease
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
This case was written for a large lecture section that uses powerpoint and personal response systems (clickers) to teach. Students experience a demonstration of the neurological connections to the eye, and examine data showing progressive vision loss in a patient. The vision loss is due to a recessive genetic disease. The implications of that disease are considered. The case uses a powerpoint presentation with embedded clicker questions.
- To introduce students to calculating implications of genetic diseases for family members
- To explore the optical nervous system
- To encourage students to humanize patients. Neil is not just presenting a visual field defect, he is a complex person who has responded in some unique ways to his problem, as do all patients
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Retinitis pigmentosa Powerpoint presentation (PowerPoint 959kB Apr2 09)
Neuron demo handout (Acrobat (PDF) 186kB Apr2 09)
Neuron demo instructions (Text File 2kB Apr2 09)
Teaching notes (Microsoft Word 71kB Apr2 09)
Assessment questions (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 81kB Apr2 09)