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What diseases may cause permanent, irreversible blindness?

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Dr. Sheron Marshall
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends: Top causes of permanent, irreversible blindness in the us include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Other causes in other parts of the world include infections, like trachoma. The american academy of ophthalmology recommends routine eye exams starting at age 40 in part to detect any of the above diseases before vision loss is permanent.
Dr. Michael Colucciello
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 36 years experience

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What disease can cause permanent blindness?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 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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What diseases can cause permanent blindness?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Usually chronic ds: mainly diabetes and macular degeneration is common outside of childhood blindness, corneal opacities, glaucoma, trachoma, and onchocerciasis. There are other causes that are progressive in nature, and in other countries out of the US it can be cataracts that aren't treated. In the US, it's a reversible cause of blindness if it can have it surgically treated.

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