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.
Considerable. Rp affects the victim most prominently as vision will be gradually diminished generally starting in the teen years and progressing through young adulthood. It also significantly affects those around such a person who may have to deal with a poorly sighted person. And society has a signficant burden of the support of such people.
Retinal degeneration. The retina lines the back of our eye and acts like the film of a camera. It "sees" the light. Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a group of diseases caused by defective genes that cause the retina to malfunction. It is most often inherited. Over time patients lose peripheral and then central vision from rp. There is no treatment but in some cases vitamins can slow its course. There is no cure. Read more...