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Retinitis Pigmentosa
 

Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic eye disorder that affects the retina’s ability to respond to light and eventually leads to blindness by age 60.

Cells in the retina called rods and cones die. With most forms of retinitis pigmentosa, rods - which are mainly in the outer regions of the retina and are responsible for our peripheral and night vision - degenerate first, as usually seen in teenagers and young adults who develop night blindness, then a circular peripheral blindspot, then tunnel vision.


Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no medical or surgical treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, but they are busy with research.