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Doctor insights on: Leading Cause Of Blindness In Elderly

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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

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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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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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 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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If an elderly hospital pt who has untreatable macular degeneration reports a further loss of vision then, normally, would it be a waste of time for the hospital to even look into the matter?

If an elderly hospital pt who has untreatable macular degeneration reports a further loss of vision then, normally, would it be a waste of time for the hospital to even look into the matter?

Any loss of vision: should be investigated as the cost of low vision societally is huge. However, in many socialized medicine countries, the older the patient, the less public health dollars are available for care to treat 'untreatable' conditions. There is wet and dry AMD. So, in either case, it does warrant further ophthalmological care to prevent against blindness. ...Read more

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Could contacts cause you to become more blind?

Could contacts cause you to become more blind?

No: You are asking if contact wear can increase the power needs of the eye. They do not have this effect. You can wear them without this concern. ...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