• Can I drive with retinitis pigmentosa?


    Question:

    Should I drive when I have been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (a disease that causes damage to the back of the eye) in both eyes?


    Answer:

    It depends on the severity of your condition. Many patients with retinitis pigmentosa develop loss of peripheral vision and will have problems with night vision. You should check the visual requirements for a driver’s license in your state. States mandate driving requirements for both visual acuity (how well you see on the eye chart) and side vision.


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