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What Is Progressive Vision Loss
Vision loss: Vision loss can be due to many things: most common is need for new glasses. If still not correctable vision: can be due to cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, blood vessel issues. Many other possibilities as welll: Brain lesions, medications, trauma, infection, cancer. Patient should be checked by eyeMD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deterioration of vision over time is termed "progressive vision loss". The most common is cataract formation which is a curable form of slow progressive vision loss. Others, like glaucoma, occur usually very silently and take along time to show loss of vision, but nonetheless, its slow progressive vision loss. Early treatment to stabilize eye pressure slows the disease ...Read more
A long list: Any part of the eye and brain can be affected in a way to cause vision loss. The cornea and lens can gradually lose transparency sometimes with inherited conditions. The retina can lose function from disease like diabetes or inherited problems. The optic nerve can degenerate and the brain can have strokes or tumors affecting vision. ...Read more
Vision los over time: Deterioration of vision over time is termed "progressive vision loss". The most common is cataract formation which is a curable form of slow progressive vision loss. Others, like glaucoma, occur usually very silently and take along time to show loss of vision, but nonetheless, its slow progressive vision loss. Early treatment to stabilize eye pressure slows the disease and slows vision loss. ...Read more
Yes: I presume you're asking if your vision can be lost by external sources. Yes, accidental trauma to the eyes is a major reason for loss or reduced vision. The National Health statistics' survey estimates 2.4 million injures/year & over 1 million have significant visual morbidity, with 75% being monocularly blind. Be smart & wear eye protection during any activity with risk for eye injury. ...Read more
No: There is a condition termed "computer vision syndrome" which describes eye strain and fatigue after staring at computers, and can be easily treated with eye drops and (occasionally) glasses. Staring at any object for a long time causes the same temporary condition, but we spend so much time using computers that we tend to think they are leading to vision loss rather than strain from overuse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any type can, but: Typically a narrow-angle/angle-closure types cause rapid visual loss. This type of glaucoma is symptomatic (eye pain, blurriness, nausea), although by the time the symptoms arise it's often too late. Patients with open-angle glaucoma and low/normal tension glaucoma often experience what *seems* like rapid visual loss, when in reality the 'blind spots' have slowly crept into the central vision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: There are different types of drusen. Soft drusen are thought to be the biggest risk for vision loss. They can lead to large areas of retinal loss with "dry" macular degeneration, or for reasons that have yet to be fully understood, lead to a break in the foundation layer of the retina and allow blood vessels to grow and destroy the retina-termed "wet" macualr degeneration. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
VA hospitals: Military and veterans hospitals have a staff of assistants that can help veterans deal with vision loss (and other losses). There are unfortunately many of these so they are getting better at it. Civilian agencies are also present to assist those who have visual impairment. Monetary assistance is also available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Vision loss implies a decrease in the eye's ability to record an image and/or send the image to the brain. Most causes of vision loss require medical or surgical treatment, or both. One of the few causes of vision loss that can be reversed without surgery is refractive amblyopia (lazy eye due to an uncorrected need fro glasses). If treated at a young age, it can be nonsurgically reversed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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