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How Can I Read If I Have Retinitis Pigmentosa

How Can I Read If I Have Retinitis Pigmentosa?

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic eye disease that causes the breakdown and loss of photo-receptors (cells in the retina that detect light). The progressive loss of the retina’s cone and rod cells causes vision to slowly deteriorate, making it harder to perform daily tasks, such as reading. Patients with RP may avoid grocery shopping, as reading the pricing labels and small print on food labels can be daunting.

Although there is no cure for this eye disease as of yet, there is still hope for those with RP. Vision loss can be managed with the help of low vision aids and glasses. If you or a loved one suffer from vision loss, speak with an IALVS low vision eye doctor about the many low vision aids that can help you maintain or regain your independence and a high quality of life.

Reading with RP

The earliest and most common symptoms of RP are decreased peripheral vision and night-blindness.

As the eye condition advances and central vision deteriorates, it will unfortunately become more difficult to read. To help improve your reading ability, your IALVS eye doctor will recommend suitable low vision aids or devices, such as prismatic reading glasses. Another solutions include magnifiers to help enlarge the text.

Below is a list of low vision aids that can improve reading and other daily tasks:

  • Side-vision awareness glasses
  • Bioptic telescopic glasses
  • Low vision magnifying reading glasses
  • Tele-microscopic glasses
  • Reverse telescopic glasses
  • Custom-made optical systems
  • Hand-held magnifiers
  • Video magnifiers
  • CCTV magnifiers
  • Prismatic reading glasses

Whether you enjoy watching TV, reading, writing, driving, or socializing, there is a suitable low vision aid or pair of eyeglasses for you. We can help you carry out your daily activities and maintain your independence. To reclaim your life with low vision aids, call an IALVS eye doctor today.

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