There is currently no treatment or therapy for retinitis pigmentosa;
however, scientists have found several specific genes responsible for the disease. Once RP is discovered,
patients and their families are encouraged to seek genetic counseling. Doctors
continue to search for treatments for RP but have not found a cure.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University are working
on a micro-computer chip prosthesis called the Multiple-unit Artificial Retina Chipset (MARC). Once implanted in the
retina, the chip transmits images to the brain that are captured from a small camera set on the patient's glasses. The
chip is still in development and is not yet available for widespread use.