What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?

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What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?

Have you ever noticed issues with your night vision? While poor night vision could be an indication for age-related macular degeneration, it could also indicate a rare inherited degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, or rod-cone dystrophy. 

Retinitis pigmentosa is a retinal dystrophy that belongs to a certain group of pigmentary retinopathies. RP is known to cause tunnel like vision (loss of peripheral vision), color vision defects and in some cases blindness. The symptoms for RP generally begin in childhood. 

Although there is currently not a cure for RP, there are medications that can help treat complications of the disease. RP can be detected on fundus imaging through an OCT or Optos, which are both available here at the Eye Care Center of Ocala.

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