By: Reena Mukamal Reviewed By: Ninel Z Gregori, MD and Christine Nichols Kay, MD
Hope may be on the horizon for people with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare inherited eye disease with no cure. Existing treatments only help a fraction of the estimated 100,000 Americans with this condition. But advances in gene therapy may soon help restore vision to a greater number of people.
“If you are diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, it’s vital to undergo genetic testing to identify your underlying mutation," says Ninel Gregori, M.D., an Academy member and a professor of clinical ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.