Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic eye condition that causes gradual vision loss and eventual blindness. Retinitis pigmentosa is caused by gradual destruction of the eye’s rods and cones, often starting from the edge of the eye and working inward. The resulting condition often leads to a gradual loss of peripheral vision until complete blindness is reached.
Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa
Currently, there are no known cures for Retinitis Pigmentosa, although taking high amounts of Vitamin A has been shown to help slow progression of the disease in some patients.
Retinitis Pigmentosa Symptoms
Retinitis Pigmentosa can be detected early on by loss of peripheral vision, loss of night vision, blurry vision, and poor color distinction. While most Retinitis Pigmentosa affects peripheral vision first, it may on rare occasion affect central vision first, and then progress to cause permanent blindness.