Other Names for this Disease
- Rod-Cone Dystrophy
- Retinitis pigmentosa 1
- Retinitis Pigmentosa 11
- Retinitis pigmentosa 12
- Retinitis Pigmentosa 13
- Retinitis Pigmentosa 14
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While there is no known cure for RP, there are a few treatment options such as light avoidance and/or the use of low-vision aids which may help to slow the progression of the disease. Some practitioners also consider vitamin A as a possible treatment option. However, taking too much vitamin A can be toxic and the effects of vitamin A on the disease appear to be relatively weak. More research is needed before this can become a widely accepted form of treatment. The future of treatment for RP may also include gene therapy, retinal transplantation, and the utilization of a retinal prosthesis.
Last updated: 9/7/2012
- Learning About Retinitis Pigmentosa. National Human Genome Research Institute Web site. December 2010; http://www.genome.gov/13514348. Accessed 9/7/2012.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions. Click on the link to view the article on this topic.