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Is Retinitis Pigmentosa Still Incurable Are We Close To Any Breakthrough
Work in progress: Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a retinal degeneration caused by a malfunction in the photoreceptor cells in the retina. Doctors are now beginning to identify the genetic source of the malfunction. Gene therapy is already being given to patients with other forms of retinal degeneration. Gene therapy for rp is being studied but is not ready for use. Stay tuned! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When will there be a breakthrough in solving retinitis pigmentosa; is prenatal screening available?
No: Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a defect in the lining tissue under the retina called the retinal pigment epithelium (rpe). . Treatment options are still experimental involving stem cell implantation, or gene therapy but none of these treatments are available yet to the public. There is no prenatal screening available but genetic counselling may help in families with a strong family history. ...Read more
Hereditary condition: It is a complex combination of hereditary conditions that affect the photoreceptors. Its a degenerative process that can be caused by a number of mutations and depending on the type, vision loss can begin as early as soon after birth to as late as in your middle age. Sometimes vision loss can be mild enough that you may not realize you have it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: People with retinitis pigmentosa should still be followed though treatment is limited. There are complications that can be addressed such as cataracts and swelling in the retina associated with retinitis pigmentosa. Low vision evaluation is also important. New therapies are being studied, so your retinal specialist can keep you updated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Inherited Disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. The condition can be inherited in multiple ways and has a variety of symptoms. The most common ones are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is currently no proven medical treatment, however the argus ii retinal implant may be useful in end stage disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inherited Disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. The condition can be inherited in multiple ways and rarely is caused by a new mutation. The most common symptoms are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is currently no proven medical treatment, however retinal implant( argus ii) may help in end-stage rp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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