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know that diabetes and retina detachment can cause blindness as well. but what else?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Many things: But some other common causes of blindness would include cataracts, injuries to the eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, infections, and tumors around the eye or in the part of the brain that processes visual information.
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Painful Blindness: The most advanced diabetic retinopathy cases lead to painless vision loss (tractional retinal detachment) however; eventually the proliferative disease reaches the iris and angle. This new vessels lead to neovascular glaucoma, which is very painful. Patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy should be followed several times a year.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Know that diabetes and retina detachment can cause blindness. But what else can cause blindness?

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Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Very many things: There are probably hundreds of injuries and diseases that may cause blindness. Macular degeneration affects 10% of people over 80. Glaucoma risk increases with age. Cataracts can cause blindness if not treated. There are dozens of other neurologic, degenerative, hereditary, infectious, and traumatic causes of blindness, far too many to list here.

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