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Can you tell me what the leading cause of loss of vision is?

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Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on group

For people over 65 age related macular degeneration leads.
For younger people diabetic retinopathy is the cause. Outside the us infectious causes like trachoma blind people at high rates.

In brief: Depends on group

For people over 65 age related macular degeneration leads.
For younger people diabetic retinopathy is the cause. Outside the us infectious causes like trachoma blind people at high rates.
Dr. Harvey Fishman
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Good question

It depends on the type of vision loss you mean.
The leading cause of reversible blindness worldwide is cataract, while the leading cause of permanent vision loss in the United States is glaucoma. Leading causes of blurred vision include nearightedness and farsightedness.

In brief: Good question

It depends on the type of vision loss you mean.
The leading cause of reversible blindness worldwide is cataract, while the leading cause of permanent vision loss in the United States is glaucoma. Leading causes of blurred vision include nearightedness and farsightedness.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology

In brief: Cataracts, worldwide

According to lighthouse for the blind, nearly 50% of vission loss worldwide is still cataracts, a treatable cause.
Next is glaucoma, which is also treatable if caught early.

In brief: Cataracts, worldwide

According to lighthouse for the blind, nearly 50% of vission loss worldwide is still cataracts, a treatable cause.
Next is glaucoma, which is also treatable if caught early.
Dr. Beth Friedland
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