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Is there a way to reverse vision loss without surgery?

Is there a way to reverse vision loss without surgery?

Not likely: Vision loss implies a decrease in the eye's ability to record an image and/or send the image to the brain. Most causes of vision loss require medical or surgical treatment, or both. One of the few causes of vision loss that can be reversed without surgery is refractive amblyopia (lazy eye due to an uncorrected need fro glasses). If treated at a young age, it can be nonsurgically reversed. ...Read more

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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


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58-year old recently diagnosed w/glaucoma, 30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. What is long term prognosis? Can surgery be avoided?

58-year old recently diagnosed w/glaucoma, 30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. What is long term prognosis? Can surgery be avoided?

Good & usually: Acceptable iop control with careful monitoring and testing is quite successful in preventing functional vision loss in 85% or more of patients. I think it is also reassuring that if medical treatment fails to stabilize your glaucoma, that there are excellent procedures that can have great outcomes. Laser treatment would likely be first on the list with incisional surgery later. Surg. Gen not req. ...Read more

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Could my retinal surgeon be to blame for my poor vision post surgery?

Could my retinal surgeon be to blame for my poor vision post surgery?

Blame?: It is always easy to blame, and in some cases the surgeon may have some fault in a less than perfect outcome. However, when retina surgeons fix retinal detachments, there are so many reasons that even the most competent surgeons have results that disappoint patients. The most important factor is that the problems have intrinsically bad outcomes. Surgery does only so much! ...Read more

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Should i get laser eye surgery if I have a heavy astigmatism and very poor vision?

Should i get laser eye surgery if I have a heavy astigmatism and very poor vision?

Depends on cornea: Also depends on the amount of correction. See a board certified refractive surgeon (type of ophthalmologist) to know if you are a good candidate. Sometimes it is not possible to completely correct vision with laser alone so glasses may still be required. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma associated with severe myopia a reason to withhold lasik surgery? I am considering a lasik surgery to improve my poor vision due to advanced myopia (40 years old). I am also suffering from glaucoma and I use specific eye drops for it. How will

Is glaucoma associated with severe myopia a reason to withhold lasik surgery? I am considering a lasik surgery to improve my poor vision due to advanced myopia (40 years old). I am also suffering from glaucoma and I use specific eye drops for it. How will

Many : Many patients with glaucoma have undergone lasik surgery with great results. The only concern is that lasik involves use of a stabilizing instrument that temporarily increases eye pressure while creating the lasik flap. If glaucoma is very advanced, it is possible that further vision damage could occur. There are other options that don't involve increasing the pressure, including epilasik, prk, or asa. Another possibility is the use of lens implants, with the implantable contact lens (icl) surgery. Check out this page on my website:. ...Read more

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What kinds of eye surgeries help for poor vision?

What kinds of eye surgeries help for poor vision?

Poor vision: It depends on what the cause for the poor vision is. If it is a refraction problem then surgery would not be required. If it is due to a cataract then cataract surgery would be required. ...Read more

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I am contemplating having eyelid surgery due to impaired vision. Do i contact an opthamologist first? My upper peripheral vision is greatly diminished due to my drooping eyelids. I can actually see the bottom of my eyelids. If I have this surgery, i wo

I am contemplating having eyelid surgery due to impaired vision.  Do i contact an opthamologist first? My upper peripheral vision is greatly diminished due to my drooping eyelids.  I can actually see the bottom of my eyelids.  If I have this surgery, i wo

In : In order to be covered by insurance, the drooping of your eyelids must decrease your field of vision significantly. This sounds like the case for you. Ptosis surgery or upper lid blepharoplastyis commonly performed by plastic surgeons but they are not prepared to deal with some of the potential complications that can affect the eye. If it was me, i would want an oculoplastic surgeon or an opthalmologist with significant experience to correct the drooping lids. ...Read more

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Does the eye surgery to take out floaters involve side effects of light sensitivity and vision distortion?

Does the eye surgery to take out floaters involve side effects of light sensitivity and vision distortion?

Surgery?: Floaters are not generally treated with surgery unless associated with retinal detachment or surface wrinkling retinopathy. Laser has been used to break up annoying large floaters leaving annoying small floaters instead. As floaters are usually not harmful, and time usually results in dissipation and less annoyance, they are mostly left alone. Vitreous surgery can cause distortion and discomfort. ...Read more

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Is there a way to correct central vision loss?

Is there a way to correct central vision loss?

No: Unfortunately, this is usually due to a serious eye disease and is usually irreversible. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will eyesight deterioration cause vision loss ?

Will eyesight deterioration cause vision loss ?

No: If you have a change in your vision, requiring a new prescription, wearing your old glasses, will not hurt your eyes. You will, however, see better with a new pair of glasses. ...Read more

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What are some things that could cause temporary vision loss?

What are some things that could cause temporary vision loss?

A variety: Vision loss that drops and then recovers has a broad spectrum of causes including vascular and nervous system events. Migraine headaches can also do this as well as blood emboli and some internal eye problems. Your ophthalmolgist should be seen if you are having this problem. ...Read more

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Temporary vision loss from extreme exercise, should I be concerned?

Temporary vision loss from extreme exercise, should I be concerned?

Possibly: This could be from a condition termed pigmentary dispersion in which exercise releases pigment which floats around in the eye and may cause glaucoma. Or it could be a problem with your general circulation like anemia or low blood pressure. If persistent this should be evaluated to rule out such conditions, . ...Read more

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Can you prevent vision loss?

Can you prevent vision loss?

Yes: Best way is to identify any problems early so that available treatment has a better chance to work. Not all vision loss can be prevented since the eye is related to the central nervous system and can't be regenerated yet. ...Read more

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Can computer cause vision loss?

Can computer cause vision loss?

No: Computer use can be tiring and commonly is drying. It will not cause any permanent change in the vision. Otherwise i would set up an office outside the microsoft headquarters and have an endless line of patients. ...Read more

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What leads to progressive vision loss?

What leads to progressive vision loss?

Vision loss: Vision loss can be due to many things: most common is need for new glasses. If still not correctable vision: can be due to cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, blood vessel issues. Many other possibilities as welll: Brain lesions, medications, trauma, infection, cancer. Patient should be checked by eyeMD. ...Read more

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Do computers contribute to vision loss?

No: There is a condition termed "computer vision syndrome" which describes eye strain and fatigue after staring at computers, and can be easily treated with eye drops and (occasionally) glasses. Staring at any object for a long time causes the same temporary condition, but we spend so much time using computers that we tend to think they are leading to vision loss rather than strain from overuse. ...Read more

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Does using computers cause vision loss?

No: Using your eyes cannot cause you to lose vision. More commonly, you can cause eye strain. This can be relieved by taking frequent breaks while on the computer. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

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