Focused on Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
in News, Paediatrics
12 Aug 2013
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) refers to a group of retinal dystrophies that cause progressive degeneration of the retina.
Around one in 3,000 children are born with RP, and the condition can strike any family, even one with no known history of the disease.
The retina, located at the back of the eye, is made up of millions of light-sensitive ‘photoreceptor cells’ which transmit electrical impulses to the brain, thus enabling sight.
RP involves the degeneration of these photoreceptors over time.
Typical symptoms include “night blindness” and “tunnel vision”. Cataracts are also a common complication.
RP sufferers have no common age of onset of symptoms and no uniform rate and extent of vision loss. These can vary markedly from individual to individual and are not usually able to be predicted. There is currently no cure for RP.