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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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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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What causes ocular migraines and can they lead to blindness?

What causes ocular migraines and can they lead to blindness?

Reversible blindness: Retinal migraine is usually characterized by attacks of fully reversible monocular visual loss associated with migraine headache. Grosberg bm, solomon s, friedman di, lipton rb (2006) cephalalgia. 26 (11), 1275-86. ...Read more

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How can chloroquine cause damage to the eye?

How can chloroquine cause damage to the eye?

Maculopathy: Chloroquine can cause damage to the central part of the retina, the macula, of the eye. Chloroquine is rarely used in the U.S. But is used worldwide as a treatment for malaria. ...Read more

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In what way can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

In what way can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

Unlikely: Corneal abrasions are a loss of the surface skin of the cornea, usually just a small portion. Healing usually is rapid and complete. Rarely there can be scarring, and if it is central can affect focusing. If neglected, infection is possible which might lead to vision loss. Abrasions are extremely common, and vision changes afterwards are very rare. ...Read more

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What drugs can cause blindness from overdosing?

What drugs can cause blindness from overdosing?

Some are illicit: Methanol can cause blindness, and anti-tb drugs like Ethambutol & rifampin. Steroids can cause glaucoma, antimalarials like Hydroxychloroquine can damage the macula. Talc retinopathy can occur with intravenous drug use. Direct retinal toxicity can occur from injected gentamicin. The precautionary principle demands withdrawal of potentially toxic drugs once diminished visual function is documented. ...Read more

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Know that diabetes and retina detachment can cause blindness. But what else can cause blindness?

Know that diabetes and retina detachment can cause blindness. But what else can cause blindness?

Very many things: There are probably hundreds of injuries and diseases that may cause blindness. Macular degeneration affects 10% of people over 80. Glaucoma risk increases with age. Cataracts can cause blindness if not treated. There are dozens of other neurologic, degenerative, hereditary, infectious, and traumatic causes of blindness, far too many to list here. ...Read more

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What can lead to eye cancer?

What can lead to eye cancer?

Sun exposure...: The most common eye cancer would be a basal cell carcinoma of the eyelid. This is largely related to excess sun exposure. A rare cancer in the eye is a retinoblastoma which can develop due to a mutation on chromosome 13, called the rb1 gene. This cancer has a good cure rate if detected early. A melanoma is another form of cancer in the eye that frequently harbor gnaq/gna11 mutations. ...Read more

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What factors can lead to poor eyesight?

What factors can lead to poor eyesight?

Numerous: Too many reason for this short answer section. Add more specifics to allow answer or go see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What can lead to blurred vision?

What can lead to blurred vision?

Blurred vision: Blurred vision is most likely due to: need for glasses/astigmatism; dry eye/unstable tear film (eyedoc2020@blogspot.com has more info on how to help if this is issue: "Lid Hygiene"; cataract/lens changes; diabetes/change in blood sugar. See eyeMD to see which is cause. ...Read more

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What can cause eye damage?

What can cause eye damage?

Eye damage due to: Many causes: diabetes, high blood pressure, infection, poor contact lens hygiene, Trauma, to much sun, poor diet, genetics, mutations/cancer, inflammation, iv drugs, ...Read more

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Can untreated conjunctivitis lead to loss of vision?

Can untreated conjunctivitis lead to loss of vision?

Depends upon cause : if it is trachoma it can foundational causes blindness. Typically other forms of conjunctivitis rarely cause blindness. ...Read more

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Can cognitive problems from B12 deficiency be permanent? How can I know the extent of damage?

Can cognitive problems from B12 deficiency be permanent? How can I know the extent of damage?

maybe: I believe your best bet is to consult with a neurologist and then perhaps comprehensive psychological testing to determine the full extent of your cognitive abilities. Make sure they communicate with each other, and then have your neurologist guide your follow up. ...Read more

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Can meningitis lead to any eye problems?

Can meningitis lead to any eye problems?

Yes: Severe meningitis can involve the optic nerves to the eyes and cause blindness. It can also cause increased intracranial pressure which can compress the optic nerves of nerves to the muscles of the eye, causing decreased vision or eye misalignment. ...Read more

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I have farsightedness. So can excessive computer use cause permanent eye damage?

I have farsightedness. So can excessive computer use cause permanent eye damage?

No: Farsightedness can be inconvenient and uncomfortable for computer users, but there is not any evidence that farsightedness and computer use produce eye damage. ...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 Valium damage liver? And if so, how significant can the damage be?

Can Valium damage liver? And if so, how significant can the damage be?

Unlikely but possibl: Valium is metabolized by the liver and like any drug broken down by liver enzymes it can cause some stress but it is unlikely that it will lead to much actual injury to the liver. ...Read more

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Which type of damage can drugs do to your brain?

Which type of damage can drugs do to your brain?

DEPENDS: Different drugs can do different things. But your asking says it worries you. Circumstances are different if you're talking about heroin, bath salts, lithium, ssri's - i can only gather that something in this scares you. A psychiatrist should know enough about drugst help you clarify. Get some help doing that and get some straight information. ...Read more

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Usually how long can uncontrolled diabetes take to effect the eyes/cause blindness?

Variable: Uncontrolled diabetes is a precursor to the kind of blinding vascular events that can occur in the eyes. But diabetes has a variable course, and all are not susceptible in the same way so some might get into visual trouble in 3-5 years but others might take much longer. Best to follow the recommended visit to the eye doctor each year so that these treatable changes can be found early. ...Read more

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