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 Dr. Peter DeGraziano, OD, FIALVS about the many low vision aids and devices that can help you maintain or regain your independence.
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 becomes more difficult to read. To help improve your reading ability, Dr. Peter DeGraziano, OD, FIALVS may recommend a suitable low vision aid or eyeglasses, such as prismatic reading glasses. Another solution may be magnifiers that help enlarge the text.
Low vision aids that can improve reading and other daily tasks include:
- Side-vision awareness 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, we have the perfect low vision aid or device for you. We can help you carry out your daily activities and maintain your independence. Reclaim your life with low vision aids — call Peter E DeGraziano, OD, PC today.
Peter E DeGraziano, OD, PC serves patients from San Diego, Santee, Encinitas, Oceanside, and throughout California.