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Doctor insights on: How Do People Get Blind

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Will I go blind as I get older?

Will I go blind as I get older?

Vision loss: Unless you have a primary problem with vision there is no reason to have visual loss as you get older. ...Read more

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How much distance must be from tv so that I don't get blind?

Television Risk: There is no good answer to this question given that blindness is not seen in this situation. Reasonable distance would be far enough to comfortably see the whole screen. ...Read more

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Is it possible for eyesight to get worse before turning blind?

Yes: Most blinding eye conditions do not cause loss of sight immediately. Most cause a slow loss of vision over time leading to blindness if untreated. ...Read more

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Why do I get blinded momentarily after sitting for a long time?

Why do I get blinded momentarily after sitting for a long time?

Not sure: You mean when you sit up suddenly after sitting? That's pretty normal. Otherwise, you need to speak to a doctor. ...Read more

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If I accidentally sleep in my contacts, can I get blind?

If I accidentally sleep in my contacts, can I get blind?

NO: Extended wear contact lenses are designed for night-time sleeping. But regular lenses should be removed prior to sleep. An occasional "slip" is ok. But if it happens too often, then you increase the risk of getting a corneal infection (because the area underneath the closed eyelid is warm and moist and a breeding ground for bacteria). But you would know right away if you had a corneal infection. ...Read more

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Supposing you're blind can you get surgery to be able to see again?

Supposing you're blind can you get surgery to be able to see again?

Depends: If the cause of the blindness can be reversed by surgery, then you will improve your vision. If the cause cannot be surgically correct, or has severely damaged the eye and vision, then surgery may not be helpful. ...Read more

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What happens if you're blind can you get surgery to be able to see again?

Depends: It depends on why you are blind. Best suggestion is to consult an ophthalmologist who should be able to answer your question after examining you. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you're blind can you get surgery to be able to see again?

I'm just wondering, if you're blind can you get surgery to be able to see again?

Depends on cause: Some causes of "blindness" are treatable. One of the most common causes of worldwide "blindness" is the simple need for a glasses correction. Cataract can always be treated to restore vision no matter how severe, unless there are other additional eye problems. Some retinal and corneal causes of blindness can also be helped medically or surgically. An ophthalmic exam is needed to know for sure. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 16 years old and I was wondering if I will go uncorrectable/blind as I get older?

Not sure...: I'm not sure why you would think you are going to blind as you get older. Blindness, thankfully is still a fairly uncommon thing. Did someone tell you something that would lead you to believe your sigh is just going to her worse. Talk to just your ophthalmologist about your specific eye problems and/or concerns and don't otherwise believe everything you hear. ...Read more

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I need urgent help. I hate thinking something is wrong with me. The more I think the worse I get. I keep thinking that im going to go blind. I'm scared?

I need urgent help. I hate thinking something is wrong with me. The more I think the worse I get. I keep thinking that im going to go blind. I'm scared?

Thinking too much: What you describe is a phobia, and this is a psychological condition. You should call your doctor for an appointment concerning this phobia and get medical help for this. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me going blind if I were to get glass in my eye?

What are the chances of me going blind if I were to get glass in my eye?

Depends: If you got glass chips in your eye from a shattered glasss, there would probably be no long term harm. The glass to be harmful would have to penetrate into the interior of the eye damaging structures irreparably. Of course you could just get hit bluntly with a heavy glass object the force of which could also damage the vision. ...Read more

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Is it possible to never get used to a blind spot?

Is it possible to never get used to a blind spot?

Yes: Blind spots or scotomas can be positive or negative. Positive scotomas are either dark, light or scintillating and are difficult to ignor. Negative scotomas are areas where the patient does not see anything and are relatively easy to ignor. ...Read more

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Can you get driver license if you are color blind?

Can you get driver license if you are color blind?

Yes: This is not a question that is posed in any state for a driver's license. Colored signals are made to have colors that even the color deficient will distinguish so color deficiency is not an issue in driving. ...Read more

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Why do some people get blindness and others don't?

Why do some people get blindness and others don't?

Luck: Blindness occurs sometimes at birth, in response to trauma, as a consequence of certain inherited conditions and due to illnesses like diabetes and glaucoma, and due to aging changes like cataracts and macular degeneration. Always wear eye protection, eat sensibly and have an eye examination regularly to maximize your chances of preserving good vision. If you are lucky, all this can be avoided. ...Read more

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Can you get your driver's license if you are color blind?

Can you get your driver's license if you are color blind?

Yes: Color vision is not an issue with driver's licensing. All traffic signals are made of colors that will not be confusing to the color deficient. Driver's license testing only is concerned with line acuity (like 20/20) and field of vision (how far can you see to each side). ...Read more

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During my workouts why do I get blinding pain in the back of my head?

During my workouts why do I get blinding pain in the back of my head?

Usually benign: Exercise can induce a throbbing diffuse headache during or after activity - this is usually benign. Try not to hold your breath through strenuous exercises (i.E weight lifting). However if the pain is localized to one side of your head or associated with nausea, vomiting, lasts more than a day or is a new type of headache for you - you should contact your doctor right away. ...Read more