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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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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 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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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?

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 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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Is it possible for glaucoma to cause blindness? If so, how can this be prevented?

Yes: Glaucoma can cause blindness. Most cases of glaucoma if detected and treated will not result in blindness, or even further loss of vision. You need monitored and treated to prevent progression and/or blindness. ...Read more

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How could i tell if I have glaucoma, sudden eye blindness disease?

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

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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 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?

Blindness: Is not likely except when the disease is diagnosed at end stage, or patient is lost to followup, or disease severely refractory to treatment. ...Read more

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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 more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more