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Signs Symptoms Of Blindness In Infants
Environment: The environment that produces normal eyes is the womb. While in the womb, baby's eyes get about 60% blood oxygen content. Early work with premi's included putting them in "incubators" & piping in oxygen, hoping that they survived. Testing blood gasses was almost impossible, but when obtained, O2 use was geared at keeping above 90%.Now they keep it lower. The high blood oxygen triggered damage in some ...Read more
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
If an infant needs to have surgery for non-germinal retinoblastoma, will they be blind in the affected eye?
Varied: Vision loss can present in a # of ways. Difficulty at night can be an early sign. Loss of central vision gives trouble reading and recognizing faces. Peripheral vision loss causes bumping into things. ...Read more
Can be worse: An infant can acquire the herpes germ in the birth canal from a woman shedding the virus and look normal at birth. Within a week or two, it may have made its way into the brain to cause a tragic encephalitis.Even with aggressive treatment the kid may end up with a brain that resembles swiss cheese. Plan a scheduled c-section prior to labor if you have it. ...Read more
Color loss: Certain colors such as green and red may be difficult to distinguish while others such as blue and yellow may not. I suggest you read the book by oliver sacks, M.D. Called the "island of the colorblind." his insight is fantastic as both a neurologist and one who had experienced occasional bouts of colorblindness associated with ocular migraines. ...Read more
Not much: If an eye is truly blind, in most cases, there is no way to reverse the loss of vision. If only in one eye, you should be extra careful with the other eye, and be examined frequently. The "symptom" of true blindness is lack of light perception but there are varying degrees of vision loss, some of which can be improved with treatment. ...Read more
Peripheral vision: Night blindness - usually means deficiency of vision in low light situations, like finding a seat in a dark movie theater, bumping into things in the dark. There is an effect on the rods, or light and dark sensing cells in the retina. A specialized test can be done to make sure these cells are working well, it's called a (dark adapted) electro-retinogram. ...Read more
My 77 year old mom is having vision trouble. She describers her symptoms as looking out through a mini-blind?
? TIA: She is at risk for a possible stroke, as if this is transient, if may indicated decreased blood flow through retinal artery, but if constant, could be completed event, or ocular problem, such as cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment. She needs immediate full evaluation, do not hesitate. Time is of the essence. ...Read more
I have had the same symptoms, only like that when I sweat. I have looked online til I'm blind lol I started out thinking it was demodex. Then as time passed and I researched and studied what I was seeing, and I stumbled upon a professor giving lessons on
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Get an eye exam: The term "blindness" can be interpreted in many different ways. Central vision can be impaired by a simple need for glasses, and the problem can be easily solved. Peripheral vision loss is more unusual, and typically does have an underlying cause of more significance. Only through an eye exam can a disease process by diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
In Eye of beholder: Vision is divided into central and peripheral types. Symptoms of central visual problems include blurriness/fuzziness of objects despite best efforts to focus on them down the center. Trouble seeing things to the side or bumping into things may signal trouble in the periphery. Flashes of light, dulling of colors, inability to correct vision with glasses and failing night vision are other symptoms. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, a baby can be born extremely near sighted. I saw a girl myself who was thought to be blind and it turns out she was severely nearsighted. A proper eye exam with something called a "cycloplegic refraction" can detect it. But only once you give the glasses will you be able to tell if the child can see. Keep in mind that although possible, babies are almost exclusively far sighted at birth ...Read more
Color blindnes: A color blind person does not know of his problem until he compares himself with others. The visual acuity is usually normal. Color recognition is diminished along the axis of confusion for the type of deficiency. If you have this you could not be employed in color dependent occupations such as microcomponent assembly or fruit grading. ...Read more
Color mistakes: Color blindness (we call it deficiency) causes failure to distinguish colors along certain patterns of confusion. So a red-green deficient person cannot make that distinction between objects of those shades. From a practical standpoint, color deficiency is a bar to certain occupations such as fruit grader, electronics assembly, some law enforcement jobs, certain types of painting, etc. ...Read more
The same: Inherited color blindness does not have early symptoms but is the same throughout life. It becomes known when the color deficient person compares his recognition with others. Color blindness can also occur with advancing retinal pathology like untreated diabetic retinopathy and rarely brain stroke issues. ...Read more
Inability to see: Cortical blindness is loss of acuity due to damage to the occipital lobe of the brain. This can be a birth defect or an acquired vascular defect. If at birth, the child will show no recognition of the space around him, the eyes usually will dance (nystagmus) and will not track together. As an adult, the eyes cannot fixate, the pupils usually react to light but no vision will be reported. ...Read more
School age: Most color deficiency of the more severe type is recognized in art activities in elementary school when inappropriate color matches are made. Milder forms of color deficiency are frequently not noticed until adulthood and in some cases not at all as the recognition failure can be very subtle with little practical import. ...Read more
Looked at the sun for 2 seconds taking a pic with my cel. But closed my eyes right away. Can I get blind now I'm really afraid. How soon symptoms show?
Unlikely: What you need is reassurance about what happened to you. You momentarily had the sun imaged on your eye but your pupillary response is fractions of a second and your avoidance of bright light is also active. So you probably never had enough sunlight at one spot on your retina to do any damage. You can check by looking at a grid graph paper with each eye and see if the grid is intact. ...Read more
Many causes: Blindness in newborns can be from a variety of fetal insults including infections of various sorts. There are also a number of genetic reasons for blindness. These can be increased with the marriage of first cousins which is why this is discouraged. ...Read more
I looked at the sunset with binoculars for 1 or less seconds by accident. Can I go blind? What can happen? What should I look for as symptoms? : (
No: Staring at the sun or other sources of bright light can cause solar retinopathy. This is a condition where the photo-receptors in the center of the retina become damaged, limiting the visual acuity. It cannot lead to total blindness. If you have no symptoms of decreased vision at this time, I would not be concerned. ...Read more
Sometimes I get floaters in the morning. Not a lot of them, but very thin/small floaters. No vision loss. Sign of going blind?
Floaters: Most floaters are caused by small flecks of protein called Collagen. Some causes can be injury to eye, high sugar in blood, aura of migraine headaches, but in your age & with no other symptoms or worsening of vision, you most likely have none of the above. If symptoms develop, consult eye doctor. ...Read more
I didn't realize that I had turn my baby's car seat towards the sun. It was directly in her eyes and very bright. She is 4 mnths. Will it blind her?
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