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Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)? Try Beta-Carotene!

Updated on March 10, 2012
Angiograph of the retina.
Angiograph of the retina.

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)? Beta Carotene May Help YOU!

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), is a group of inheritable diseases that effect the retina of the eye. It usually begins in childhood with night blindness, which leads to loss of peripheral vision, the onset of tunnel vision---and finally blindness.

Now there may be some hope! In a trial study led by Dr. Ygal Rotensteich, it was found that one-third of those who received daily doses of beta carotene found improvement in their vision. They received the treatment for 90 days.

The results of the study were reported at the 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Joint Meeting held in Chicago.

Carrots are rich in beta carotene! Mom always said that carrots were good for your eyes!
Carrots are rich in beta carotene! Mom always said that carrots were good for your eyes!

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP): More Studies Needed

White the study is preliminary, it does give some hope for people who are afflicted with retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

As Dr. Rotensteich states, "We recommend repeating the study with patients with the genetic forms of RP that would be most likely to respond to oral beta carotene... "We know its positive effect is associated with retinoid cycle defect, which is involved in some but not all forms of RP. Also, future research should look for the optimal beta carotene dosage."

Right, more studies need to be done on beta carotene in regard to this horrible affliction, and the sooner the better!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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      Crewman6 

      7 years ago

      I'm glad to know there's potential. RP is a frightening spectre that needs a solution.

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