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I am suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa. Is there any treatment

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I am suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa. Is there any treatment available for this yet? What kind of tests are recommnded to determine the severity of problem? Could you please guide me to a good eye hospital or experienced eye specialist in my area (Zip code 60090)? What should be the steps to prevent this disease transmitted to my child?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.

 

First of all, as far as a standarized, accepted treatment to cure or reverse the effects of retinitis pigmentosa, there isn't a treatment available. However, there is exciting research going on into several key areas of treatment in RP, including gene therapy. You actually live very close to a good academic medical center where an eye institute is available that does research into RP. Their website is http://www.uic.edu/com/eye/. One of their articles about the research they are doing on RP is at http://www.uic.edu/com/eye/Department/News/eyedropsimproveRPshtml.html. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to prevent this being transmitted to your child; if they've received the genes for it, then it may or may not express itself and if it does it may or may not express itself severely or completely.

 

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