What is retinitis pigmentosa (RP)?

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a diverse group of inherited eye disorders. These eye conditions affect a part of your eye called the retina.

RP causes permanent changes to your vision, but how much and how quickly can really vary from person to person. These retinal changes can affect your side vision and your central vision. Some people with RP might become blind but most people with RP keep some useful vision well into old age.

We have produced a detailed leaflet, part of our Understanding series, on RP:

For more information and advice about Retinitis pigmentosa and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline on:

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