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What is retinitis pigmentosa (RP)?

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is actually the name for a group of inherited diseases that affect the retina of the eye. The retina is the tissue that is sensitive to the light. It is the first step in "seeing" or "vision" taking place. One of the first symptoms of RP is night blindness or having trouble adjusting to quickly changing light conditions.

Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina’s ability to respond to light. The retina is the layer of light-sensing cells lining the back of your eye that converts light rays into impulses. The impulses are sent through the optic nerve to your brain, where they are recognized as images. 

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