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Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa?

Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa?

Retinal Chip: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina. Depending on the type, some vision can be retained throughout life, in other cases, not. The most common symptoms are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is no cure, but there is a new retinal implant which restores crude central vision ( argus ii) for those who are blind from rp. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Retinitis Pigmentosa (Definition)

Rp is a usually progressive retinal degeneration disease that robs the peripheral field of vision. It usually is genetic but can arise as a spontaneous mutation. The back od the eye appears like black bone ...Read more


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Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa or nightblindness?

Is there a cure for retinitis pigmentosa or nightblindness?

No: Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a defect in the lining tissue under the retina called the retinal pigment epithelium (rpe). It can be hereditary or sporadic , affect males or females, be found alone or with hearing or other neurological abnormalities. Treatment options are still experimental involving stem cell implantation, or gene therapy but none of these treatments are available yet to the public. ...Read more

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What is retinitis pigmentosa?

What is retinitis pigmentosa?

Rare: Rare group of inherited (all types) retinal disease leading to blindness over years due to photoreceptor loss / cell death from various specific protein mutations affecting the retina and retinal pigment epithelium. ...Read more

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What is retinitis pigmentosa?

What is  retinitis pigmentosa?

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 more

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How was retinitis pigmentosa discovered?

In error: The original disease was described in europe due to the profound visual loss. The scattering of pigment reminded the eyedocs of pigment seen in syphilitic retinal disease, and so it was called "retinitis" indicating an inflammatory, possibly infectious origin. Only later was it found to be hereditary with many forms and progressions. ...Read more

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How many types of retinitis pigmentosa...

Three: There are three basic types that differ on their inheritance pattern (sex linked, recessive and autosomal dominate) and severity the recessive the most severe and the auto dom the least. ...Read more

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What are the tests for retinitis pigmentosa?

ERG: There is a test that is done to determine whether the rods and cones in the retina are functioning. It is called an electroretinogram. Standardization is important and going to a facility that specializes in this test is required. It is not found in most ophthalmology offices. Of course, an eye exam precedes all of this. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does retinitis pigmentosa get diagnosed?

Symptoms; tests: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is usually first noticed when the patient has difficulty seeing at night or loses a significant part of the field of vision. On examination there are characteristic appearances to the retina, and there is test called an ERG which gives the absolute diagnosis. Sometimes other cases are in the family. ...Read more

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How do you get help for retinitis pigmentosa?

Www.blindness.org: Website for foundation for fighting blindness. There is no cure as yet, but low vision aids may be beneficial. Follow up with eye specialist is important as some rp patients develop edema in the retina and cataract. There are a few trials going on involving new technologies including stem cell and more... ...Read more

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