What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a rare degenerative genetic eye disease that causes acute vision loss. Retinitis pigmentosa is usually inherited from one or both parents, however, in rare cases, it can also develop new as a result of a miscoding during DNA division. Miscoding of proteins in one of the more than 300 genes associated causes RP. Symptoms usually appear gradually and mostly begin in childhood.
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Symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa
Decreased Low Light, Night Vision
Loss of Depth Perception
Poor Colour Vision
Data & Statistics For Retinitis Pigmentosa From WHO & Other Research Studies
Retinitis Pigmentosa is the most common cause of inherited blindness, with about 1 in 4000 people developing the non-syndromic type of the illness during their lifetime. It is believed that 1.5 million individuals are currently affected over the world. Complete blindness is a rare occurrence in Retinitis Pigmentosa.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Changes in genes that influence cells in the retina are the most common cause of RP. These mutated genes are passed down through generations from parents to children. RP is linked to numerous genes and can be passed down in a variety of ways.
No, because RP is a hereditary disease, there are no known ways to avoid it once it has been inherited. However, you may treat it with Ayurvedic solutions.
The various types of retinitis pigmentosa can be caused by more than 60 distinct genes. The affected genes can be passed down to children in three ways: Autosomal Recessive RP, Autosomal Dominant RP and X-linked RP.