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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

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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I am wondering if there are any hereditary causes of progressive loss of vision to complete blindness that typically don't occur until an adult/elderly?

I am wondering if there are any hereditary causes of progressive loss of vision to complete blindness that typically don't occur until an adult/elderly?

Herediary loss: Of vision has many causes. One common cause is macular degeneration, which many think is at least partially inherited. One more unusual cause is retinitis pigmentosa. This typically causes gradual deterioration during adult life. ...Read more

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Hey docs, I am wondering if there are any hereditary causes of progressive loss of vision to complete blindness that typically don't occur until an adult/elderly?

Hey docs, I am wondering if there are any hereditary causes of progressive loss of vision to complete blindness that typically don't occur until an adult/elderly?

Yes: The most common in this category is one of the family of diseases that cause retinal degeneration termed retinitis pigmentosa. There are also some cornea diseases that can do this also although corneal transplantation frequently can help these. There are a few rare optic nerve diseases inherited that do this with names like Lebers disease and choroideremia. ...Read more

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Can excessive masturbation cause loss of eye sight leading to blindness?

Can excessive masturbation cause loss of eye sight leading to blindness?

No: This is an "old wives tale" which comes up from time to time. There is no relationship between mastubation and eye sight level. ...Read more

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Can excessive masturbation causes loss of eye sight leading to blindness?

Can excessive masturbation causes loss of eye sight leading to blindness?

Masturbation-blind: No. This is a myth that many young people believe is true. Masturbation is normal and does not cause any risk to health. ...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 causes blindness?

What causes blindness?

Long list: Blindness can be legal (20/200 or less) or absolute (cannot see light even). Eyes can inherit problems, get infected, traumatized and develop a host of diseases which can lower the vision such as diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc. Take your pick. ...Read more

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Can adult blindness be cured?

Can adult blindness be cured?

Depends: What is the cause? Was the eye sighted earlier in life and developed vision loss? Was the eye injured or infected? Did it have surgery? Is there systemic disease.? So many questions: Ask your ophthalmologist for the answer and whether there is a possibility of vision to some degree. As you might guess some can be cured and others cannot. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision is a symptom in which a person loses some or all ability to see, either in one or both eyes. Loss of vision can be temporary or permanent, and ...Read more