What is RP?
Retinitis Pigmentosa, is a rare eye disorder in which the back wall of the eye (retina) is damaged. When you have RP, cells in the retina don’t work the way they’re supposed to and over time it causes blindness. It is usually diagnosed during the teenage years but may be present at birth. Cases that are diagnosed later in life are often milder and may progress more slowly. There are no treatments or cure for RP at this time, but the future remains hopeful. Only 1 out of every 4,000 people get it and about half of all people with RP have a family member who also has it.
In the beginning stages your night vision and your ability to see to the side (peripheral vision) go away. As time progresses, you slowly lose your central vision and your ability to see color. For more information please visit blindness.org
What is the treatment?
What causes retinitis pigmentosa?