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Please explain what the retinal pigment epithelium is?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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In brief: RPE

The retinal pigment epithelium, or rpe, is a layer of the retina just below the photoreceptors, also known as the rods and cones.
The rpe takes care of these photoreceptor cells and is therefore very important in visual function. There are many eye diseases that occur primarily in this layer.

In brief: RPE

The retinal pigment epithelium, or rpe, is a layer of the retina just below the photoreceptors, also known as the rods and cones.
The rpe takes care of these photoreceptor cells and is therefore very important in visual function. There are many eye diseases that occur primarily in this layer.
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