There are several barriers to finding cures and treatments of retinitis pigmentosa. Based on the information presented above, this is true because retinitis pigmentosa comes in many specific forms of inheritance, however there are possible modern treatments that could overcome these barriers. Diagnosis would begin with genetic tests (highly recommended) such as applying and sending a DNA sample to “eyeGENE” to find the genes associated with the disease, severity and the progression of the disease (https://eyegene.nih.gov/). Doing so also allows the researchers to provide the patient with possible recruitment into clinical trials. An ERG would measure the retinal electrical activity in response to light (Facts About, 2014). An optical coherence tomography (OCT) would be used to take detailed images of the retina in order to see how much of the retina is affected and to provide a better case in treating the patient’s retinitis pigmentosa.
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