Visual aspects of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

View graph of relations Save citation

Authors

  • Richard A. Armstrong

Research units

Abstract

In recent years, a number of diseases believed to be caused by proteinaceous infectious agents called 'prions' have been described and collectively referred to as the 'transmissible spongiform encephalopathies'. Prions, which are composed mainly of protein, differ significantly from other infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. However, they may, and have been reported to, cause visual symptoms, whilst the possible transfer of prions through optometric procedures has also been the subject of much debate. This article discusses the relevance of prions to optometric practice.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalOptometry Today
Volume51
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2011

    Keywords

  • proteinaceous infectious agents, prions, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, protein, visual symptoms, transfer, optometric procedures

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research

Copy the text from this field...