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Doctor insights on: Service Animals Vision Impairment And Blindness

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Are there treatments for vision impairment and blindness?

Are there treatments for vision impairment and blindness?

Of course: Many treatments including the provision of lenses, topical and systemic medications, laser treatment and a variety of surgical options can help many with lowered vision and even some that are apparently blind. Check with you ophthalmologist to see which of these is present if you are the patient. ...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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Are there other conditions besides blindness associated with service animals?

Are there other conditions besides blindness associated with service animals?

Disabilities: Service dogs can be used to help people who have visual impairment, deafness, seizures, paraplegia, quadraplegia, autism, post traumatic stress disorders, mood disorders, people needing wheelchairs/mobility devices, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, multiple dystrophy, arthritis ; other neurologic problems. ...Read more

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I have really dim vision at night. Could it be night blindness?

I have really dim vision at night. Could it be night blindness?

Night blindness: Decreased vision in dim illumination can be normal or it may be related to eye related disease. See an eye doctor to determine the cause and initiate proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is tunnel vision and temporary blindness?

What is tunnel vision and temporary blindness?

Tunnel vision: Tunnel vision (also known as kalnienk vision) is the loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision, resulting in a constricted circular tunnel-like field of vision. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have decreased night vision or some night blindness?

How do you know if you have decreased night vision or some night blindness?

Comparison: If you think you have difficulty at night, and are not embarrassed to ask, then compare your recovery when entering a dark place from the light with a friend who can tell you when he recovers versus your recovery time. You can experience this issue if present if you enter a dark movie theater from bright outside and have a prolonged period to see well enough to find a seat. ...Read more

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If a person has MS is it common to not have total blindness, but have delayed reading vision?

If a person has MS is it common to not have total blindness, but have delayed reading vision?

Yes. : Ms causes problems with the optic nerve. This transmits eyesight to the brain. Vision can be dimmed an this is noted more for detection of colors and in dim light. This can be detected by an eye exam and a test called a visual field. ...Read more

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At night, ith spectacles on, I have same vision as with them off. Am i suffering from night blindness?

At night, ith spectacles on, I have same vision as with them off. Am i suffering from night blindness?

As we get older,: We tend to see less distinctly at night due to loss of retinal rod cells over the years. Your experience is not definitive, and if you are losing ability to see well at night, an eye exam will be very useful, and could potentially reverse some or most of your problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take to regain color vision after stopping medication that was causing color blindness?

Color blindness: The color hue from certain medications should reverse with stopping that medicine. There are some medications that if the color vision has been affected then the damage is done and not reversible. The color vision defect with these is more advanced. ...Read more

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How can I stop worrying about having a disease that can cause vision loss or blindness (glaucoma).. Dr says treatments may control it but no guarantee?

How can I stop worrying about having a disease that can cause vision loss or blindness (glaucoma).. Dr says treatments may control it but no guarantee?

Support group: http://www.glaucoma.org/treatment/questions-and-answers-living-with-glaucoma.php. A reference for you. I recommend support group contact In your area: GOOGLE glaucoma support Groups & attend a social gathering of sim. Affected. I have found this particularly helpful. Remember that greater than 85% of affected people live well with glaucoma. You still have to be diligent with therapy & follow up. ...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

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)

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