An estimated 1.5 million individuals have been affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP). That means that if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with this condition—you are definitely not alone. The possibility of losing your eyesight can be terrifying. However you may find comfort in the fact that there are ways to manage this condition and maintain your eyesight. This article will help you understand your options.
What is retinitis pigmentosa?
Retinitis pigmentosa destroys the cells in the back of the eye that detect light. It often results in “tunnel vision,” and even total blindness. As a result, poor night vision is often one of the first signs of retinitis pigmentosa. All too often, people diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa become legally blind by their 40s or 50s.
Unfortunately, not much in the way of traditional Western medicine has been shown to be effective in treating retinitis pigmentosa. No drugs or surgeries have been found that bring any lasting improvement of vision
Are there alternative treatments for retinitis pigmentosa?
Your ophthalmologist may have told you that there is no cure for retinitis pigmentosa. Yet there is hope – several alternative treatments are available. These alternative treatments for retinitis pigmentosa may provide you with relief and maintain your current vision for years to come.
Microcurrent Stimulation For Retinitis Pigmentosa
One alternative treatment for retinitis pigmentosa that has shown promise is microcurrent stimulation. This is a painless and relatively non-invasive outpatient treatment. During a treatment session, various stimulating wires are placed on the nerves around your eyes, triggering cone photoreceptors and slowing the progression of the disease.
Over 80 percent of those treated see an improvement in their vision following treatment. Microcurrent stimulation has provided benefits to thousands of patients since 1983. *
Stem Cell Therapy For Retinitis Pigmentosa
In some situations, treatment for retinitis pigmentosa may include stem cell therapy, also known as gene therapy. This treatment entails an injection directly into the retina. During stem cell therapy the injected fluid detaches the retina. The retina then settles after the liquid is absorbed by the retinal cells. These therapies are extremely expensive, and when they do bring some improvement of vision, it does not last.
Nutritional Therapy For Retinitis Pigmentosa
Getting sufficient vitamins and nutrients may also be an effective retinitis pigmentosa treatment for some. A prescribed regimen of heart-healthy oils and Omega-3 fatty acids have been shows to provide benefits to people diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa or another disease causing blindness, be sure to request our study, “The TRUTH Your Eye Doctor Isn’t Telling You” for more information on tackling this challenge to your vision.