What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?  (ret-n-ahy-tis pig-men-toh-suh)

Retinitis pigmentosa is the medical term used to describe a group of diseases that damage the rods and cones that make up the retina of the eye. Rods tend to be affected more by retinitis pigmentosa than cones. The rods are responsible more for peripheral vision.

What are the Symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa?

  • Night blindness
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Bumping into furniture

 What Causes Retinitis Pigmentosa?
Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic disease.

When does Retinitis Pigmentosa Occur?
Retinitis pigmentosa usually begins to develop during childhood or early teenage years. The disease generally takes a long time to progress, so the loss of vision is usually gradual.

How is Retinitis Pigmentosa Diagnosed?
Diagnosing retinitis pigmentosa begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care. During this exam, your doctor uses tests to evaluate your vision and the function of your retina.

How is Retinitis Pigmentosa Treated?

There is no cure currently for retinitis pigmentosa. Nutrition appears to be key to slowing progression.