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what's the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60? glaucoma?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Short or long term?: The leading cause of correctable vision loss is cataract. Glaucoma causes a slowly evolving loss if unresponsive to treatment and causes much vision loss especially in the third world. The two major causes of uncorrectable loss are diabetes and macular degenration. Diabetes loss is prevalent in the 60's (and younger) while mac degen affects a more elderly age group.
Answered on Jan 21, 2020
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Dr. Daniel Zuckerbrod
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Actually, the leading cause of correctable vision loss is refractive error (i.e., the need for glasses). However, I think Dr Bensinger means the leading cause of surgically correctable vision loss (as not all refractive error can be corrected with surgery).
Apr 6, 2012

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