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How Would Someone Describe Blindness
Highly variable: Interesting question. Blindness can range from "legally blind", 20/200 or less on the eye chart in both eyes, in which many people cope well for usual activities around the house, even reading print that is not too small with the help of magnifiying devices, to total blindness, not even seeing any light. All "blind" patient have to give up driving. The degree of blindness affects the description. ...Read more
Just Can't See: They would probably say: "i can no longer see". ...Read more
Blindness: Self induced blindness is very rare and may be associated with mental illness. Pressure on the eyes can result in central retinal artery occlusion. Not controlling blood sugars in diabetes and not controlling hypertension can result in self inflicted blindness. The real question is why would anyone make themselves blind? Psychiatric care should be considered. ...Read more
Of course: Sadly people go blind from injury, strokes, intrinsic eye disease, inherited eye disease and other factors. When this happens you need an answer as to why and whether it is reversible from your ophthalmologist. Otherwise, if permanent, then you will need assistance for the blind from the proper organizations. ...Read more
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
Vision loss: Bindness is a spectrum from loss of all light perception (total blindness), to varying degrees of loss meeting legal standards - vision lower than 20/200 or a visual field less than 10 degrees in extent. The causes vary - some are reversible, some treatable to prevent worsening, and some permanent. Your ophthalmologist should see you to evaluate your category and treat if possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It's based upon how much nerve damage has already occurred and the rate of ganglion cell loss. The earlier the intervention, the more likely the chance to preserve vision. It also matters how likely therapy can slow down the progression of disease in someone's expected lifetime vs. Losing sight from a complication of therapy or just age-related loss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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