What is retinitis pigmentosa (RP)?

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

RP causes permanent changes to your vision, but how much and how quickly can vary dramatically 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 will keep some useful vision well into old age.

Further information can be found on our Retinitis pigmentosa web page.

We also have a Retinitis pigmentosa leaflet, part of our Understanding series:

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

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