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Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is close to our hearts since it is the reason Pennies for the Blind was founded. RP is a rare, mainly hereditary, eye disease which gradually affects the retina, in the back of the eye. In most cases, over time, peripheral vision is lost, and central vision may also be lost, much like tunnel vision. In some cases, vision may be affected at night, sensitivity to bright lights may increase, or loss of color vision may occur. Most cases are genetic, but some medications, infections, or eye injuries are uncommon causes. The National Eye Institute and Foundation Fighting Blindness are researching possible treatments.

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