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What Kind Of Diseases Besides Glaucoma Can Cause Blindness
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
Many, many: An entire medical specialty is devoted to identifying ocular and systemic diseases that are threats to vision. So, really too many to list. Ocular problems include macular degeneration, blood vessel obstruction, infection, injury, tumors, etc! systemic disease includes blood vessel obstruction, diabetes, tumors and on and on! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the number one reason people age 25-65 loose vision in the usa. Glaucoma is the number one reason in african americans in the us. Age related macular degeneration is the number one reason people over age 65 go blind in the U.S. In the world, the number one reason for blindness is cataracts, not a problem in the u.S since it is the most frequently performed surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get evaluated: There are a number of causes for acute vision loss. Glaucoma can do this but is very uncommon, especially at your age. Do you have diabetes, vascular disease or other health problems? Have you had trauma? Or could you have multiple sclerosis? You need to go immediately to an ophthalmologist or an emergency room for sudden blindness. ...Read more
If glaucoma is 2nd leading cause of blindness, what percent of patients with open angle glaucoma go blind or have substantial field vision loss?
Mother losing vision to glaucoma. Daughter 58 recently diagnosed. Mom's dr. Says i may have same type resistant to meds. Worried i will go blind too?
Mother has uncontrolled glaucoma. I have glaucoma & dr said it may be same type due to genetics. At 59 how can I assure myself that i won't go blind?
Monitor: Regular follow-ups are critical with glaucoma. With today's medical and surgical options, it is likely that you can stay ahead of your glaucoma. Depending on your glaucoma status, the historical goal of being under 21mmhg may no longer be appropriate. I would recommend that you be proactive & aggressive. A 2nd opinion from another glaucoma specialist is reasonable if you are concerned. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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