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What is the likelihood you'll go blind from hydrocephalus?

What is the likelihood you'll go blind from hydrocephalus?

Highly unlikely if: Your shunt is working well. If the cause of your hydrocephalus included damage to areas of the brain involved in receiving & processing visual input, that's another story. If you feel your visual acuity is diminishing, see your neurologist or neurosurgeon for evaluation & sign a release of your medical records for the ophthalmologist to whom you're referred. ...Read more

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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If you have hydrocephalus and you see floaters when you cloose your eyes dovthat mean blindness?

If you have hydrocephalus and you see floaters when you cloose your eyes dovthat mean blindness?

Separate problems.: No, the two are unrelated. Floaters can mean retinal tear or detachment and should be checked out with a dilated retinal examination. Hydrocephalus results in papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve. The retina is not directly involved in hydrocephalus. Each of these diagnoses has it's own implications and should be dealt with individually. ...Read more

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What causes someone to go blind later in life?

What causes someone to go blind later in life?

Many causes: Loss of vision can be associated with macular degeneration, ischemic optic neuropathy, cataracts, trauma, hereditary problems such as retinitis pigmentosa, and a host of inflammatory and infectious conditions. One of our ophthalmologists could certainly expand upon this answer, and referral will be made. ...Read more

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What disorder could cause blindness?

What disorder could cause blindness?

Blindness: Almost any disease or its treatment can lead to blindness. This is in addition to heredity, trauma, environmental exposure etc. Ophthalmologists either md or do specialize in these problems. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of blindness?

What are some possible causes of blindness?

Too many to mention: Cataracts, advanced glaucoma, macula degenerations. Any of a number of retinal disorders, including retinal detachment. Corneal scars, trauma...... ...Read more

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What illnesses causes sudden blindness in humans?

What illnesses causes sudden blindness in humans?

Many causes: There are a large number of causes of sudden blindness. Here, I assume that you mean total vision loss of one eye. Causes include a retinal artery occlusion, giant cell arteritis, retinal detachment, ischemic optic neuropathy, stroke, optic neuritis, acute glaucoma, vitreous hemorrhage, poisoning (methyl alcohol), and trauma. Bilateral loss is rare: occipital stroke, pituitary apoplexy. ...Read more

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What possible causes for sudden blindness are there?

What possible causes for sudden blindness are there?

Multiple: Vision can be suddenly lost from direct trauma, acute glaucoma, vascular occlusion in the back of the eye, retinal detachment, acute bleeding in the eye, optic nerve disease and strokes in the visual cortex. There are other rarer causes. If someone loses vision in this way they should get to an ophthalmologist or an er immediately. ...Read more

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What is the leading cause of blindness in all the world?

What is the leading cause of blindness in all the world?

Cataract: The most common cause of visual deterioration is cataract., nearly 50% of all causes. Treatable with surgery. Second is glaucoma (about 12%), preventable with early detection. Detection and treatment are more prevalent in developed countries. Third is probably macular degeneration, often not treatable. ...Read more

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Can statins cause blindness?

Can statins cause blindness?

Contraversial: “the news that a cholesterol-lowering drug could provide protection from the irreversible sight loss caused by glaucoma will be welcomed by those of us at risk of developing the condition in later life. However, further investigation is urgently needed before statins could be used in the future treatment of glaucoma.”. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause blindness?

Can diabetes cause blindness?

Diabetes: Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 60. It can cause severe macular edema and traction retinal detachment, as well as cataract. Diabetics need a complete eye exam at least once per year. ...Read more

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Does hydrocephalus cause adhd?

ADHD/Hydrocephalus: No correlation as to cause/effect.

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Does diabetes cause blindness?

Yes, potential: Diabetes can cause kidney failure, peripheral nerve damage, and retinopathy, visual issues. Could blindness occur? If not treated aggressively, perhaps. Laser surgeries are beneficial as well as good medical management. ...Read more

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Can laser light cause blindness?

Yes: Lasers are classified depending on the power and usage of the laser. Most lasers, like the ones that scan your groceries, do not have enough power to cause damage to eyes. Other lasers, such as those used in medicine and in the military, can definitely damage tissue including eyes. ...Read more

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Could microcornea cause blindness?

Possibly: Lowered vision is the rule with microcornea. It might require very high powered glasses. If the rest of the eye is normal than useful vision should be possible but if the eye is internally deformed then vision may be profoundly disturbed. A pediatric ophthalmologist should be consulted in such a case. ...Read more

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Could ortho k lenses cause blindness?

Unlikely: Ortho k is a sort of a way for optoms to get into the eye power changing game which really is dominated by the more effective lasik. It puts a hard contact lens that is too flat onto the eye, pushing it back to remold it. This is of course a bit uncomfortable. There is a tiny risk of corneal breakdown and/or infection but monitoring is generally good. Lasik is a much better option. ...Read more

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What are d causes of night blindness?

Genetics: There are congenital issues that can cause night blindness---it is rarely acquired unless there is severe retinal disease. ...Read more

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What causes night blindness to happen?

What causes night blindness to happen?

Inherited Disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of inherited disorders that cause degeneration of the retina and vision loss. The condition can be inherited in multiple ways and has a variety of symptoms. The most common ones are night blindness and gradual loss of peripheral vision. There is currently no proven treatment, however gene therapy is being explored as a possibility. ...Read more

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What can cause temporary blind/deafness?

What can cause temporary blind/deafness?

Temporary: These are two unrelated entities, the list of each is too long to list in a forum such as this. If you are experiencing either of these see a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What causes the eyes to be suddenly blind?

What causes the eyes to be suddenly blind?

Sudden blindness: Sudden blindness is often caused by a problem with either the retina or the optic nerve of the eye. It is very important to determine the exact cause of the blindness, and this can only be accomplished by having the eyes examined by an eye physician. ...Read more

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Can bug spray cause hydrocephalus in fetus?

Toxins: I am not certain what chemicals are in your particular bug spray. There are multiple toxins that can be considered risk factors for hydrocephalus. If pregnant, it would be wise to try to avoid all toxins possible to avoid any injury to the fetus. ...Read more

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What is the cause of blindness in preemies?

Too much oxygen: In the old days high doses of pure oxygen were given to prematures to keep them pink. Many ended up blind. Over time it became apparent that it was the fault of the oxygen. The retina is full of tiny blood vessels that go into spasm and may leak blood. Careful monitoring of the retina and treatment has improved outcome. Also, the bright light used for bilirubin can be harmful. ...Read more

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What causes blindness in children in africa?

What causes blindness in children in africa?

Vit A deficiency, etc: Children in africa can be blinded by vitamin a deficiency, onchocerciasis, sometimes malaria, trachoma, injuries, congenital defects some of which might be corrected in a first world country like cataracts at birth, glaucoma, uveitis and a host of other conditions. ...Read more

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Does hydrocephalus cause major weight loss?

Does hydrocephalus cause major weight loss?

It can: Hydrocephalus is a neurologic condition that refers to a collection of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that accumulates in the cavities (ventricles) in the brain.

It can cause weight loss if it is associated with the known symptoms of nausea with or without vomiting. Also having headaches and being fatigues tend to diminish ones caloric intake which can affect weight. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

What other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the number one reason people age 25-65 loose vision in the usa. Glaucoma is the number one reason in african americans in the us. Age related macular degeneration is the number one reason people over age 65 go blind in the U.S. In the world, the number one reason for blindness is cataracts, not a problem in the u.S since it is the most frequently performed surgery. ...Read more

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Does hydrocephalus cause extreme weight loss?

Hydrocephalus: I am not aware of hydrocephalus typically causing "extreme weight loss" - most patients with treated hydrocephalus have normal feeding patterns. ...Read more

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Do hydrocephalus cause numbness in the feet?

Not generally: Isolated symptoms in the feet would not be common for hydrocephalus. ...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. James Goodrich
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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

A condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid or "brain fluid" within the brain which causes increased pressure inside the skull. It can ...Read more