Retinitis Pigmentosa Overview
What is retinitis pigmentosa?
A person with retinitis pigmentosa has slowly worsening damage to the retina that results in worsening vision. Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited condition that is usually detected during the teenage years. The cells that make up the retina slowly die, resulting in progressive loss of vision. Retinitis pigmentosa affects about 1 out of every 4,000 people in the US.
What are the symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa?
Symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa include headaches and worsening vision, such as poor night vision, loss of peripheral vision, or seeing flashes of light.
How does the doctor treat retinitis pigmentosa?
There is no cure for retinitis pigmentosa. Treatment for retinitis pigmentosa may include medications, or surgery for those who develop cataracts.
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