Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina’s ability to respond to light. This inherited disease causes a slow loss of vision, beginning with decreased night vision and loss of peripheral (side) vision. Forms of RP and related diseases include Usher syndrome, Leber’s congenital amaurosis, rod-cone disease, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, and Refsum disease, among others.
HOW IS RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA DIAGNOSED?
An ophthalmologist would diagnose these problems based on the symptoms and check your family background for such previous cases to.
HOW IS RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA TREATED?
There are no treatment methods for Retinitis Pigmentosa. Wearing sunglasses to protect from UV rays may help preserve vision. Treatment with antioxidants helps slow down progression
DID YOU KNOW?
The symptoms of RP typically appear in childhood. Children often have difficulty getting around in the dark. It can also take abnormally long periods of time to adjust to changes in lighting. As their visual field becomes restricted, patients often trip over things and appear clumsy. People with RP often find bright lights uncomfortable, a condition known as photophobia.