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Can second hand smoking cause a gradual loss of vision?

Can second hand smoking cause a gradual loss of vision?

Sometimes: Smoking and second hand smoking increases the risk of developing macular degenreration, which can negativelly impact central vision. It also has been shown to increase the prevalence of a particular form of cataract called nuclear sclerotic. In some patients with very poor diets who imbibe excess alcohol, smoking may also be associated with optic nerve dysfunction. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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Could second hand smoke cause a gradual loss of vision?

Could second hand smoke cause a gradual loss of vision?

Yes but...: Secon-hand smoke exposure in confined quarters is estimated to give the unwilling recipient 10% of the same cigarette smoke load as the smoker. Smoking contributes to cataracts and macular degeneration & occasionally blindness (tobacco-alcohol amblyopia). ...Read more

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Can trauma to the eye cause a loss of peripheral vision?

Can trauma to the eye cause a loss of peripheral vision?

Yes: Depending on the type of eye trauma and what part of the eye is damaged, there can certainly be loss of peripheral vision. Any new vision loss should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can a few minutes of breathing in second hand smoke cause any significant damage to your lungs?

Can a few minutes of breathing in second hand smoke cause any significant damage to your lungs?

Likely not: Prolonged exposure to high levels of second hand smoke may increase risks of chronic lung diseases. A short (one short time interval) duration exposure to second hand smoke will not impact long term lung function for most people. If someone has severe lung disease at a baseline, then a short smoking exposure could have a serious impact (depends upon baseline lung function). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What would cause sudden onset dizziness, loss of control of hands, sweats and vision distortions?

What would cause sudden onset dizziness, loss of control of hands, sweats and vision distortions?

?faintness: Sounds like the early signs of a fainting spell. Perhaps your blood pressure dropped causing the symptoms. Some medicines can provoke such an event, but dehydration may also cause this. Check with your doctor if this recurs. ...Read more

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Could brain damage cause a loss of night vision(pitch black at night) and other vision changes in a 16 yo male?

Could brain damage cause a loss of night vision(pitch black at night) and other vision changes in a 16 yo male?

Yes it can,what caus: Yes it can and with your symptoms of headache, nausea and nervousness and depending on cause of brain damage, you need to be evaluated by a neurologist and a neuro ophthalmologist asap.You are 16 years old and have to be taken by your parents to the doctors, if this question pertains to you. You are taking resperidone for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?Follow up with your psychiatrist as well. ...Read more

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Can loss of height be due to loss of energy resiliency in the disc spaces. Or loss of water, high blood sugar, loss muscle spasticity after psych meds?

Can loss of height be due to loss of energy resiliency in the disc spaces. Or loss of water, high blood sugar, loss muscle spasticity after psych meds?

Unlikely: All the things you suggest as causes are a) unlikely to be the cause of loss of height, and b) extremely unlikely to be caused by psych meds. ...Read more

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In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

Depends: As a general rule, the eye has an amazing ability to see, even with severe nerve losss. Everyone has a natural blind spot in each eye (where the optic nerve exits the eye and goes the brain) and yet, even with one eye closed, it is hard to appreciate the blind spot. Typically, patients will have end-stage glaucoma before they start having glaucoma-related vision loss. ...Read more

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Can loss of vision be a symptom of brain cancer?

Can loss of vision be a symptom of brain cancer?

It is possible: Brain tumors can affect vision in many different ways, but there are many causes of changes in vision that are not caused by cancer. See your doctor or ophthalmologist immediately. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms in my hand. Intense tingling or pain and loss of grip strength. Do i risk further or permanent damage if ignored?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms in my hand. Intense tingling or pain and loss of grip strength. Do i risk further or permanent damage if ignored?

Yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome represents compression of the median nerve at the wrist. With continued nerve compression, the changes can become permanent, even if surgery is undertaken at a later date. An electrodiagnostic study (emg/ncs study) can be helpful in determining whether surgery is the right answer for you. There is a risk of permanent and irreversible nerve damage with severe carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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Damage to optic nerve is 30 percent. With treatment how likely is it that in the future i will notice loss of peripheral vision in my sight?

Damage to optic nerve is 30 percent. With treatment how likely is it that in the future i will notice loss of peripheral vision in my sight?

Depends on cause: If you have a progressive disorder, which eludes treatment success, there is risk of added loss, but if this was an acute event, unlikely that you will experience peripheral involvement in near future. Talk to an ophthalmologist and get better informed of cause, future prognosis, and efficacy of various treatment.S. ...Read more

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Would moving the cornea lead to loss of vision?

Would moving the cornea lead to loss of vision?

Likely: The cornea is the normally clear window of the eye, an important focusing element in your vision system. Exchanging a damaged or diseased cornea with a transplant to restore anatomy and/or vision is common. So, yes to your question if i understand it correctly. ...Read more

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Is it possible for there to be a haze in vision or lack of crispness in beginning stage of glaucoma?

Is it possible for there to be a  haze in vision or lack of crispness in beginning stage of glaucoma?

Not likely: Early glaucoma rarely involves the central vision , affecting visual acuity. You are more likely to have another reason for blurred vision. An ophthalmologic exam will be able to determine if you have a need for glasses, or have a medical eye condition causing your blurred vision. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden loss of vision in the lower half of one eye?

What can cause sudden loss of vision in the lower half of one eye?

Decreased blood flow: Your very precise description is consistent with interruption of blood flow in a branch of the retinal artery on one side. This needs attention, as a stroke risk would be present. Unlikely that this represents migraine. See an ophtalmologist asap. ...Read more

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What can cause some moderate nasuea and vision loss for a period of 1-2 minutes?

Potentially serious: Intermitent angle closure, glaucomacyclitic crisis and pigmentary glaucoma to name a few. Immediate eye evaluation is required. ...Read more

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Is there a way to improve my loss of peripheral vision after a cranium surgery?

Is there a way to improve my loss of peripheral vision after a cranium surgery?

Maybe: Depends on how much peripheral loss. Sometimes prisms can expand range of field. Some people may benefit from vision therapy. Check with low vision / binocular vision experts. ...Read more

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What kind of disorder causes drop foot, loss of balance, twitching, tremors, dizziness and can be completely cured by taking a benzodiazepine?

What kind of disorder causes drop foot, loss of balance, twitching, tremors, dizziness and can be completely cured by taking a benzodiazepine?

An anxiety disorder: Plus or minus conversion disorder can give you all the above symptoms--and I have seen several people with such presentations. You may want to treat with a good psychiatrist who can provide long-term treatment without resorting to benzodiazepines, though. There are significant problems with benzodiazepines, especially if one uses them long-term. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more