Retinitis Pigmentosa Definition

Retinitis Pigmentosa.jpgRetinitis pigmentosa is a degenerative disease that is inherited and can cause severe vision impairment. 

In the early stages of retinitis pigmentosa, patients may first notice compromised peripheral vision or perhaps dim light vision.  As peripheral vision deteriorates, a type of “tunnel vision” may develop. 

Symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa can include:

  • Blurring of vision
  • Poor color separation
  • Latticework vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Night blindness

A patient’s family history is taken into consideration when a diagnosis is made.  A variety of genes are known to cause retinitis pigmentosa. 

Blindness can eventually result from retinitis pigmentosa.  If you have been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa or would like a consultation, please contact Associated Retina Consultants in Phoenix to schedule an appointment.

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