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Understanding Retinitis Pigmentosa

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Understanding Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa is the term used for a rare group of eye diseases that affect your retina and usually affects individuals in their early adulthood. Individuals that have retinitis pigmentosa, the photoreceptor cells that are responsible for capturing light, do not work as well as they are supposed to. So over time, these individuals could lose their eyesight. These diseases are genetic that can be inherited from one’s parents and only 1 in 4,000 get it.


With retinitis pigmentosa, there are both early and later signs of symptoms.

Early warning signs include:

  • Blind Spots of side vision
  • Impaired vision in dimly lit rooms
  • Difficulty seeing clearly at night

Later warning signs include:

  • Gradual loss of color perception
  • Sensitivity or discomfort when exposed to bright light
  • Decline in visual acuity


There is no specific treatment or cure for retinitis pigmentosa, but individuals with a very advanced disease and severe vision loss may be eligible for an artificial retina. Doctors also suggest low vision aids such as UV lenses in glasses to prevent the start of symptoms.

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