Please discuss the complications associated with retinitis pigmentosa.
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What are complications of retinitis pigmentosa?
Cataracts occur at a higher incidence in RP patients. If the cataracts are significant, cataract removal can be performed surgically. When cataracts occur, patients respond well to cataract removal with implantation of an intraocular lens. However, this does not improve retinal function.
The ultimate complication of RP is blindness from loss of retinal function.