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Retinitis Pigmentosa

About Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)

This is a simulation of how Retinitis Pigmentosa may affect your vision.

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Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of inherited diseases of the retina that all lead to a gradual progressive reduction in vision. Difficulties with night vision and peripheral vision are the first things that are noticed. Later, reading vision (detailed vision) and colour vision are affected. The age at which symptoms start is variable and may vary with the different genetic types. The rate at which vision deteriorates is variable but is generally very slow with changes occurring over years rather than months. Regular SIght Tests should pick up any changes in your vision. In approximately half of all cases (50 to 60%) there are other family members with RP. RP affects approximately 1 in 3,000 to 4,000 people.

Further information available from RP Fighting Blindness.

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