Retention of Central Visual Field in Retinitis Pigmentosa : Optometry and Vision Science

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Retention of Central Visual Field in Retinitis Pigmentosa


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Optometry and Vision Science 69(5):p 411-413, May 1992.


According to Kanski, roughly one in four patients with retinitis pigmentosa retains visual acuity adequate for reading, although the electroretinogram may be extinguished and the visual field constricted to 2 to 3° (whether diameter or radius is not stated). Under the age of 20 years, an acuity as poor as 6/60 is relatively uncommon, whereas over the age of 50 years such an acuity becomes common.1 Heckenlively comments that by the end of the 4th decade of life, most males with X-linked retinitis pigmentosa have vision reduced to hand motion or light perception2Women tend to be less severely affected than men3: in a study by Bird, only 3 of 48 female heterozygotes had an acuity of less than 6/9, whereas only 8 of 28 hemizygous males had an acuity of 6/9 or better.4

I thought it would be instructive to analyze the visual field data for a female patient who, although she had suffered considerable loss of peripheral vision, is continuing to function visually quite well.

© 1992 American Academy of Optometry

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