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what disease can cause permanent blindness?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Many, many diseases: The most common diseases that blind people in the U.S. Are diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration. There are many others. If you are concerned about this, see an ophthalmologist on a regular basis.

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