Vision loss can occur because of many different causes and it may be gradual or sudden. Sudden vision loss is always an emergency and you should immediately contact a doctor. Depending on the type of vision loss, it may be preventable, treatable, reversible, or inevitable and permanent.
The Kelly Laser Center reminds you that the best way to prevent vision loss is to make regular appointments with an ophthalmologist for vision exams. In New York, we invite you to make your appointments with us. Please contact our Manhattan and Long Island Ophthalmologist today to schedule a consultation.
Causes of Total Vision Loss
The most common causes of permanent total vision loss (blindness) in the US are:
These can all be delayed or prevented using currently available treatments. The key is early detection for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, which means making regular appointments with your ophthalmologist. You can also talk to your ophthalmologist about preventing vision-threatening accidents or eye injury.
Sudden Vision Loss
As stated above, sudden vision loss is always an emergency. It may be a sign of:
- Optic neuritis
- Retinal detachment
- Eye injury
- Fleeting blindness (caused by pre-stroke or near-stroke)
- Drug side effects
Because many of these causes can result in permanent vision loss or other permanent conditions if not treated immediately, you should seek immediate medical care.
Gradual Vision Loss
Gradual vision loss is more common and more treatable. Common causes for gradual vision lossinclude:
In most cases, you can receive treatment that will reverse the vision loss, permanently or temporarily.
At the Kelly Laser Center, our New York City ophthalmologist offers the latest treatments available for vision loss. To be evaluated for vision loss and receive appropriate treatments, please schedule a consultation at Kelly Laser Center today.
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