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What is retinis pigmentosa; what happens to the eyes?

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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

In brief: Genetic 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 treatment, however gene therapy is being explored as a possibility.

In brief: Genetic 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 treatment, however gene therapy is being explored as a possibility.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology

In brief: Genetic disease

Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic disease where certain layers of the retina slowly degenerate, causing loss of the photoreceptors and a gradual narrowing of the visual field.
Eventually the person is left with narrow, tunnel-like visual fields. They don't usually go completely blind. The severity is variable among different people and families.

In brief: Genetic disease

Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic disease where certain layers of the retina slowly degenerate, causing loss of the photoreceptors and a gradual narrowing of the visual field.
Eventually the person is left with narrow, tunnel-like visual fields. They don't usually go completely blind. The severity is variable among different people and families.
Dr. Matheson Harris
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