With your eyesight and vision impaired, retinal degeneration has become a serious issue for millions of Australians.
Retinal degenerative disease is caused by damage to the outer layer of the retina (the rods and cones) that surrounds the eye.
The rods are the tiny structures that make up the visual field, and the cones are the thin layer of pigment that fills in the gap.
It’s the result of a chemical imbalance in your body, which causes the rods to lose their ability to produce light.
In some cases, the loss of rods and the loss in the ability to detect light cause a patient to develop retinitis pigmentosa (RP), or a degenerative optic nerve disorder.
It can also be life-threatening, and in extreme cases, it can lead to blindness.
While the symptoms of retinoblastoma can vary from patient to patient, there are several common signs that will tell you if you have RP.
Risk factors for RP include being female, being in your 20s or 30s, and being over 50.
People with RP can have trouble seeing colours or objects that aren’t their own.
It is more common in people with an underlying genetic condition.
Risky behaviours and social isolation are the most common reasons for people to have RP, but there are other causes.
Some people with RP have poor vision and have trouble reading, while others may have visual problems due to other conditions such as diabetes, diabetes complications, or a medical condition that causes blindness.
People with RP are also at greater risk of developing dementia.
Rising blood pressure can also increase the risk of RP.
A person with RP is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, which can lead them to feel depressed and anxious.
They also may experience symptoms of anxiety.
If you or someone you know has RP, you may also need to take prescription medication.
You should also discuss with your GP any other health issues that may be affecting your vision.
If your symptoms worsen, your GP may refer you to a specialist.
If the condition worsens, your doctor may prescribe medication to treat the damage.
People living with RP should avoid certain environments such as crowded cities, crowded workplaces, and outdoor areas.
You also may not be able to drive safely and you may be at increased risk of a car accident.
If a person with the condition has an eye condition, you should talk to your GP about whether they can use a prosthetic eye for work or play.
A retina transplant could be your last resortIf you have a retina disorder that affects your eyes, you might be able a retinal transplant.
A retinal implant, also known as a retina transplant, is a procedure that uses a special lens that takes the damaged retina in order to replace the damaged part.
In people with a retina disease, this lens is damaged, but it’s not the part that makes up the eyesight.
The retina is the outermost layer of tissue in your retina, and a part of the lens that makes it up is missing.
The patient’s retina is replaced with a new lens made from a donor retina.
The replacement lens is made from the same tissue as the original lens, and is the same shape.
The surgery involves inserting a new retina in the damaged area, and using a surgical knife to cut the damaged tissue out of the new lens.
If it’s successful, it usually takes a year or two to heal.
If not, a retina transplant can be the only option.
A good outcomeAfter you’ve undergone a retinomy, your eyes will likely need to be surgically repaired to prevent further damage.
You’ll also need a retinasight implant to replace your damaged retina.
If this happens, it could take up to a year to have the surgery and your eyes might not be clear by the time you return to work.
You may need glasses to keep your vision clear.
If there are complications, surgery could require multiple operations.
There are other options for people living with retinocytosis, such as eye transplants.
You may need to have one eye removed.
The eye can be surgcially repaired, but you may need multiple surgeries.
There are many treatments available, including surgery, a combination of surgery and rehabilitation.
A second surgery may be needed to restore your vision in a third eye.
If an eye transplant doesn’t work, you can have the eyes removed and put back together again.
You can also have surgery to restore the lost function of your retinasignal system, which helps to guide your eye muscles.
If retinal surgery doesn’t fix your eyes but you have other conditions that could affect your vision, you could need surgery to fix a retinochlear implant, or retinal prosthesis.
There’s a new drug to treat RPIn late 2017, a drug called pravastatin was approved to treat retinoblastic disease.
This is a rare form of retinal disease, which affects the way cells in the retina produce light