Retinitis Pigmentosum

Signs or Symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa

What is Retinitis Pigmentosum?

Retinitis pigmentosum is when your retina is being destroyed which will eventually cause blindness. The chromosome that is affected is the X-chromosome. There are over 50 genes that are mutated to cause this disease. This disease does not shorten your life expectancy

How do I know if I have it?

There are 4 symptoms that show if you have Retinitis Pigmentosum:

  • Visual loss, usually peripheral
  • Spontaneous flashes of light
  • Night blindness (Nyctoplia)
  • Cone-rod dystrophy

Are there any cures or treatments?

Sadly, there are no known cure but, there are multiple treatments such as light avoidance, vitamin A, and high doses of vitamin E. These treatments only slow down the process.