Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of inherited conditions of the retina that all lead to a gradual progressive reduction in vision. Difficulties with night vision and peripheral vision are the first things that are noticed. Later, reading vision (detailed vision), colour vision, and central ('straight-ahead') vision are affected. The age at which symptoms start is variable and the rate of deterioration often varies - for example with the different genetic types - but is generally very slow with changes occurring over years rather than months. In approximately half of all cases there are other family members with RP. It affects approximately 1 in 3,000 to 4,000 people.
Rhys Phillip (pictured) has RP. He raised over £23,000 for research into the disease by cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats. He has produced this video which shows what his vision is like whilst he is cycling. We applaud his marvellous fundraising achievement.
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There is a charity dedicated to RP which can provide more support and information. Click here for their website