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How could Retinitis Pigmentosa affect me?

Updated: Apr 12

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited eye disorders characterized by progressive degeneration of the retina, leading to vision loss and potential blindness. Typically diagnosed in adolescence or early adulthood, RP affects approximately 1 in 4,000 people worldwide.


  1. difficulty seeing at night (night blindness)

  2. loss of peripheral vision (tunnel vision)

  3. eventual loss of central vision

RP is caused by mutations in various genes involved in the function and maintenance of retinal cells.

While there is currently no cure for RP, management strategies such as low-vision aids, genetic counseling, and emerging therapies like gene therapy offer hope for slowing disease progression and improving quality of life for affected individuals.

Ongoing research aims to better understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying RP and to develop effective treatments to preserve vision and halt or reverse retinal degeneration.

Patients who suspect they are experiencing symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa may require an Opthamologist or eye specialist. If you would like a referral and would like to see MCO's Optometrist for an eye examination and to determine your prescription, please schedule an appointment with MCO today.

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