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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 kind of diseases other than glaucoma and cataracts can cause blindness?

What kind of diseases other than glaucoma and cataracts can cause blindness?

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 more

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What diseases can cause permanent blindness?

What diseases can cause permanent blindness?

Usually chronic ds: mainly diabetes and macular degeneration is common outside of childhood blindness, corneal opacities, glaucoma, trachoma, and onchocerciasis. There are other causes that are progressive in nature, and in other countries out of the US it can be cataracts that aren't treated. In the US, it's a reversible cause of blindness if it can have it surgically treated. ...Read more

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What other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

What other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

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 more

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What diseases can cause blindness in childhood?

What diseases can  cause blindness in childhood?

Optic neuritis, Meds: Certain inflammatory involving the eye or retina can cause color blindness in children. Certain medications can also lead to this. Other causes of color blindness are genetic. ...Read more

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What are untreatable eye diseases that cause blindness?

What are untreatable eye diseases that cause blindness?

Retinitis Pigmentosa: The only one i can think of right off is retinitis pigmentosa, and inherited degenerative disorder of the retina. There are probably other retinal disorders that can cause blindness, but most serious conditions you might think of such as cataract and glaucoma are treatable. ...Read more

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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 are inoperable eye diseases that cause blindness?

What are inoperable eye diseases that cause blindness?

Usually genetic: Such conditions as retinitis pigmentosa, leber's hereditary optic rophy, tay-sachs disease, albinism, and others. We do not yet have answers to these conditions. That is why it is important to choose your parents very carefully. ...Read more

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Which type of diseases other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

Which type of diseases other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

Lots of dieases: Besides glaucoma, the most common causes of blindness in the U.S. Are diabetes and macular degeneration. But there are thousands of diseases that can cause blindness. ...Read more

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What kind of brain diseases can develop as complicances of gonorrhoea ? Do these diseases include psychiatric symptoms? Thanks

What kind of brain diseases can develop as complicances of gonorrhoea ? Do these diseases include psychiatric symptoms? Thanks

Gonorrhea (GC): Complications of gonorrhea (gc) include pelvic inflammatory disease and possible infertility in women, and epididymitis in men. Untreated gc can also lead to disseminated infection characterized by arthritis, tenosynovitis, and/or dermatitis which can be life-threatening. If ill enough, the person could become delirious. Syphilis is more known for neuropsychiatric manifestations than gc. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of blindness?

Too many to mention: Cataracts, advanced glaucoma, macula degenerations. Any of a number of retinal disorders, including retinal detachment. Corneal scars, trauma...... ...Read more

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What disease can cause permanent blindness?

Many, many diseases: The most common diseases that blind people in the U.S. Are diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration. There are many others. If you are concerned about this, see an ophthalmologist on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of kidney diseases. What are good forms of prevention and cures?

Can you please list the common causes of kidney diseases. What are good forms of prevention and cures?

CKD: This would need a long answer. I have a more thorough article targeted at patients here: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/what-is-chronic-kidney-disease-or-ckd.Html http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/03/who-needs-to-be-tested-for-kidney.Html. ...Read more

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What kinds of behavior cause eye damage?

What kinds of behavior cause eye damage?

Smoking: Smoking, and exposure to ultraviolet light (sunlight) are 2 pretty harmful behaviors! ...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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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

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


Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more