Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa Symptoms

Home
Retinitis Pigmentosa Symptoms
Retinitis Pigmentosa Treatment
Retinitis Pigmentosa Research
Retinitis Pigmentosa Picture
Retinitis Pigmentosa and Usher Syndrome
Congenital Deafness and Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinitis Pigmentosa in Pregnancy
Genetics and Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinitis Pigmentosa History
Stem Cell and Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation
Eye Chip for Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinitis Pigmentosa Effects
CMV Retinitis
Cytomegalovirus Retinitis
Macular Degeneration

What are the symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa?

As the disease progresses and more rod cells breakdown, patients lose their peripheral vision (tunnel vision). Individuals with RP often experience a ring of vision loss in their periphery, but retain clear central vision. Others report the sensation of tunnel vision, as though they see the world through a straw. Many patients with retinitis pigmentosa retain a small degree of central vision throughout their life.

Other forms of RP, sometimes called cone-rod dystrophy, first affect central vision. Patients first experience a loss of central vision that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. With the loss of cone cells also comes disturbances in color perception. As the disease progresses, rod cells degenerate causing night blindness and peripheral vision.

Symptoms of RP are most often recognized in children, adolescents and young adults, with progression of the disease continuing throughout the individual's life. The pattern and degree of visual loss are variable.

* Vision decreased at night or in reduced light
* Loss of peripheral vision
* Loss of central vision (in advanced cases)

What Everyone Should Know About Retinitis Pigmentosa