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what are some diseases that can cause blindness in children?

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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Many: Several eye problems can cause blindness in children. Fortunately, all are rather rare. Congenital (born that way) cataracts, lebers congenital amaurosis, albinism, amblyopia, congenital corneal diseases, genetic syndromes, congenital glaucoma, retinoblastoma, traumatic injuries etc all come immediately to mind. I'm sure an exhaustive list includes many other causes.
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Dr. Theodore Wu commented
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
On the horizon are some gene therapies for certain eye diseases, such as Lebers....
Apr 20, 2012

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Vit A deficiency,etc: Children in africa can be blinded by vitamin a deficiency, onchocerciasis, sometimes malaria, trachoma, injuries, congenital defects some of which might be corrected in a first world country like cataracts at birth, glaucoma, uveitis and a host of other conditions.
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What sort of disease or condition might cause blindness in a child?

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A multitude: Blindness can result from congenital issues, structural, metabolic, or traumatic damage.
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What are the most common diseases that causes blindness in children?

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Childhood blindness: Causes of childhood blindness differ from adults causes, and differ on a worldwide scale compared to causes, say, in the U.S. Worldwide causes include vitamin a deficiency, measles, retinopathy of prematurity, newborn conjunctivitis, and congenital cataract. Other causes include uncorrected refractive error, strabismus and amblyopia (lazy eye), retinoblastoma, and lebers congenital amaurosis.

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