Retinitis Pigmentosa: What Happens

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 The light-sensitive tissue of the retina slowly deteriorates over many years in people with RP. As this tissue dies, it stops sending signals to the brain, and some vision is lost.  Eye exams show abnormal dark spots (pigments) sprinkled around the retina. Early cataracts can also occur, as well as a swelling of the retina called macular edema (the central orange mass seen here).

 

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