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It’s All In The Genes: Genetics and Retinitis Pigmentosa

It’s All In The Genes: Genetics and Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa is caused by a genetic defect. Less than 1% of the worlds population are carriers of the effected genes and only 1 in 3500-4000 people will develop RP.  There are over 100 genetic mutations that have been found that cause RP so drilling down to each gene and how it manifests itself would be a bit more than I can handle.  I’m not great when it comes to science at the best of times but I will explain…

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RP 101: What is Retinitis Pigmentosa

RP 101: What is Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa is a degenerative eye disease that affects the light receptors in the eye.  The light receptors are in the retina and are referred to as the rods, which are located around the edges of the retina and are responsible for peripheral and low-light vision, and cones located centrally in the retina and are responsible for central vision. Since RP usually begins as rod degeneration a person would first notice problems with night blindness.  You might also experience “clumsiness”…

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