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Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) refers to a group of diseases which cause a slow but progressive vision loss. In each of them there is a gradual loss of the light-sensitive retinal cells called rods and cones. Symptoms include night blindness and loss of peripheral vision.
HOW IS RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA DIAGNOSED?
Ophthalmologists examine your eye and evaluate your symptoms during diagnosis. Various tests for evaluating the retina are colour test, ophthalmoscopy, intraocular pressure, electroretinogram, pupil reflex response, retinal photography and slit lamp examination
HOW IS RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA TREATED?
There are no available cures for the problem of Retinitis Pigmentosa and the doctors try to control this issue by giving the patients supplements like Vitamin A, DHA, and Lutein. Along with this regular check up and eye drops are given to help in delaying this degeneration issue and sooner the treatment starts the higher are chances of minimising vision loss.
DID YOU KNOW?
Complete blindness to occur in patients with retinitis pigmentosa is extremely rare.