Retinitis Pigmentosa - What is Retinitis Pigmentosa? – Senior.com
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What is Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa is actually a group of inherited diseases that affect the retina of the eye causing a degeneration of photoreceptor cells. These cells are what capture light enabling us to see. When these cells degenerate, patients experience loss of night vision, color vision and peripheral vision. Eventually tunnel vision may occur. While inherited, Retinitis Pigmentosa may skip generations and therefore is difficult to track. Any person who has a family member with a retinal disease should immediately be tested by an eye care professional.

If you have suffered vision loss due to Retinitis Pigmentosa your doctor will probably refer you to a low vision specialist. This dedicated eye care professional will be able to evaluate your available vision and refer you to other specialists who can assist with rehabilitation and resources.

Most of all, realize that you are not alone. Millions of Americans experience low vision through various eye diseases, like Retinitis Pigmentosa, and there are many organizations, professionals and resources available to you. In addition to these resources there are products, like digital magnification, which allow you to maintain your independence through the vision loss process.

 

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