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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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Could my horrible eyesight eventually lead to blindness?

Could my horrible eyesight eventually lead to blindness?

Depends on the cause: Ask your eye doctor. Some causes can lead to blindness while others do not. What is the cause of your "horrible eyesight?". ...Read more

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My eyesight is -4 with cylinderical -1. Can it be made 20/20 by any mean. How poor eyesight can lead to blindness?

Should be ...: Correctable with glasses or contact lenses, or even laser eye surgery. If not correctable then there are other things going on the prevent this like a cataract or retina abnormalities. You need a good pomprehensive eye exam, this will determine what is going on with your eyes. ...Read more

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Lasik eye sugery. Is that safe? What's the risk. Will it lead to even worse eyesight or blindness?

Lasik eye sugery. Is that safe? What's the risk. Will it lead to even worse eyesight or blindness?

Very safe: This is now a well worked out procedure. The major risk is the development of eye dryness afterwards. Rarely the final power is a little off but can be touched up if needed. Changes for the worse in eyesight are extremely rate and blindness has not been reported in millions of cases. ...Read more

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What abuse drugs can lead to blindness?

What abuse drugs can lead to blindness?

Powders & Potions: Wood alcohol (methanol) can contaminate moonshine whiskey and lead to rapid, permanent vision loss. Tobacco-alcohol amblyopia is a vitamin deficiency that may be partially reversible. Talc powder, as a contaminant of intravenous drugs, can cause capillary occlusion in the retina. Marijuana and hallucinogens alter the visual experience, but do not cause vision loss. Mj is good for glaucoma. ...Read more

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How can I protect my eyesight from blindness?

Regular check up: With no risk factors you only need to have an occasional eye examination. If you have eye disease in the family, have symptoms related to the eyes, or have certain systemic illnesses like diabetes, then you should be seen often. In addition a healthy lifestyle and diet, and protection of the eyes from injury can also add to the eye protection you seek. ...Read more

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Been wearing glasses for 6 years. Eyesight getting worse. Am I going blind?

Been wearing glasses for 6 years. Eyesight getting worse. Am I going blind?

Change is expected: It is normal for our vision to change we get older. This is not a sign of going blind, more a sign of aging. See you family doctor, ophthalmologist or optometrist if you are having changes to your vision. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become blind from bad eyesight if you don't wear your glasses?

Is it possible to become blind from bad eyesight if you don't wear your glasses?

No: Wearing your glasses will enable you to see clearly. Not wearing them will not worsen your vision, you'll just miss seeing clearly. ...Read more

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Is it possible for eyesight to get worse before turning blind?

Is it possible for eyesight to get worse before turning blind?

Yes: Most blinding eye conditions do not cause loss of sight immediately. Most cause a slow loss of vision over time leading to blindness if untreated. ...Read more

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Can some sort of trauma return one's eyesight if they are blind?

Can some sort of trauma return one's eyesight if they are blind?

Surgery the trauma?: An implant: one such device is the creation of shawn kelly from carnegie mellon university in pittsburgh, and the result of a decade's worth of research. It is made up of two tiny cameras attached to a pair of glasses which send images to a computer chip attached to the patient's eye. The chip turns the images into an electrical current sent along a wire to a film inserted behind the retina. ...Read more

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I'm really starting to worry about my eyesight becuase I stare at ascreen alot is it true that a csn go blind plead help I'm getting to worryed ?

Not a problem: There is no harm from sustained computer viewing. It can be tiring and commonly is drying to the eyes. But no permanent harm results. Otherwise a posse of eye doctors would set up shop across the street from microsoft and apple and have plenty of business. ...Read more

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If you're born blind can it be possible to gain eyesight from a person who has donated their eyes?

If you're born blind can it be possible to gain eyesight from a person who has donated their eyes?

Unlikely: Most blindness at birth is from gross malformation of the eyes, serious defects in the nerve supply and major inherited issues. Eye donation is useful only to corrected corneal opacities and a few infants are born with only this problem but the others problems are much more common. Check with your pediatric ophthalmologist for the best forward pathway. ...Read more

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Without papiledema, is my benign intercranial hypertension unlikely to make me go blind? Other SX are bad but eyesight ok so far. Please help.

Without papiledema, is my benign intercranial hypertension unlikely to make me go blind? Other SX are bad but eyesight ok so far. Please help.

Unlikely: Most commonly papilloedema from idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) causes the natural blind spot that everyone has in their vision to be slightly larger. Most of the patients I see are still 20/20. It is reassuring that your eye exams are coming back normal. Continue follow up with your ophthalmologist and the team managing your IIH. Missing check ups is a hazard. Good luck. ...Read more

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My eyesight is -10.25 in both eyes. how bad is this? is this legally blind

My eyesight is -10.25 in both eyes. how bad is this? is this legally blind

Probably not: A level of -10.25 is highly myopic but if correctable to 20/20 with proper eyeglasses or contacts, then you definitely are not legally blind. Legal blindness refers to the best corrected vision/ not to the uncorrected vision. Your level of myopia is high but not extreme. Contact lens manufacturers pre-make soft lenses in the most common powers from 0.00 to -12.00. So they think -10 is common. ...Read more

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I am 47 yrs and I have bad eyesight.Right eye is -20 and left is - 19. How much worse can it get?Will i go blind soon?I m scared.

I am 47 yrs and I have bad eyesight.Right eye is -20 and left is - 19. How much worse can it get?Will i go blind soon?I m scared.

It depends: As long as you can see well with glasses or contacts, you will not go blind. However, if your glasses prescription is still changing, that is unusual at age 46-- i would see an ophthalmologist to find out why. You may have pathologic myopia or possibly keratoconus. Sometimes surgery can be helpful for someone with very high myopia (nearsightedness). ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with laser eye surgery? I have very bad eyesight and am tired of wearing glasses, but i'm afraid that laser eye surgery could make me go blind. Is that a possibility? Are there any serious side effects of the surgery?

What are the risks associated with laser eye surgery? I have very bad eyesight and am tired of wearing glasses, but i'm afraid that laser eye surgery could make me go blind. Is that a possibility? Are there any serious side effects of the surgery?

There are risks: Lasereyesurgery perfomed with the correct pre, intra and postoperative care is often life changing.However, there are potential complicatiuons for every type of surgery.Night vision disturbances, glare and halos are common, often improve and usually tolerable. More severe complications such as inflammations and infections can often be treated with good results.Major visual loss is rarely possible. ...Read more

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Is iritis lead to permanent blind?

Is iritis lead to permanent blind?

It may: It depends on the cause of it. Iritis is frequently autoimmune and may be a sign of a more complicated disease. Traumatic iritis can be pretty bad and cause permanent blindness quicker than that of other causes. ...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


Eye Sight (Definition)

Sight is the sum of the light receptive and integrative capacity of the eye including best vision, color vision, night vision, depth vision, field of vision and the ability to track objects in motion. An ophthalmologist can measure these and determine the function of ...Read more