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Eye Candy has a Whole New Meaning!- Don't Deprive Your Eyes!

James Hurley and colleagues has now shown that the retina’s rods and cones burn glucose and then convert the leftovers into a fuel called lactate. They then feed that back to the RPE-retinal pigment epithelium. The team discovered that RPE’s power plants—the mitochondria—burn lactate to power the RPE. Hurley explains, “That allows the glucose to go through without being consumed.” If the RPE is deprived of lactate, then those cells switch to burning the glucose instead of delivering it to the retina and with glucose shut off, the retina cells can die.