Retinitis pigmentosa, also known as RP, is a retinal disease often diagnosed in childhood, adolescence, or young adults. This inherited condition causes progressive vision loss in the peripherals and diminishes your ability to see clearly at night. If untreated, it can lead to blindness.
This condition is caused by the degeneration of the photoreceptors in the retina.
Common symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa include a gradual loss of peripheral vision and poor night vision or the ability to see clearly in the dark. If left untreated, the disease may progress and affect other areas of the retina leading to poor color perception, loss of central vision, and visual acuity. Unfortunately, if left untreated, many patients with retinitis pigmentosa become legally blind by the age of 40.
There is no cure for retinitis pigmentosa, but there are treatment options available that can slow the progression of vision loss. Common treatment options include medication, gene therapy, sunglasses, and retinal implants.
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