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do doctors see a lot of patients with loss of vision?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Unfortunately yes: Sudden loss of vision always requires emergency evaluation. While in fact not common, it can be very serious and often is treatable, but might be permanent if not treated. You should go to an er or to your ophthalmologist without delay if you lose vision.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Yes: Yes.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Yes, many causes: We see many patients with vision loss, and we hope that it is something we can treat or reverse.
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Yes: A great number of patients come in complaining of loss of vision. Typically this is just because the patient needs glasses but loss of vision is a symptom that should always be evaluated immediately by an eye doctor. There are cases when waiting can result in permanent deficits.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the common causes of temporary loss of vision?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
There are no common: Temporary loss of vision can be caused by low blood pressure, certain infections and inflammatory processes, concussions, and many other conditions. Knowing the type of vision loss (dark vision vs. Blurred vision) is helpful.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what the leading cause of loss of vision is?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Good question: It depends on the type of vision loss you mean. The leading cause of reversible blindness worldwide is cataract, while the leading cause of permanent vision loss in the United States is glaucoma. Leading causes of blurred vision include nearightedness and farsightedness.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

When I move from dark to bright light, is it normal to have temporary loss of vision?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Maybe: It takes a moment for the iris and retina to adjust to broad variations in light intensity. If your adaptation worsens or the vision changes persist, it would be a good idea to be checked out. Some retinal dystrophies and diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa can present like this.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the leading reason for loss of vision?

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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Cataract, others: Cataract, macular degeneration, gl;aucoma and diabetes are the main non refractive causes of vision loss. Good luck!
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can be done about temporary loss of vision please read?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
It depends: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

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