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Blindness

Blindness

Blindness has many causes, and depending on the severity of the condition, a person can be totally blind, or still retain partial sight. All of these conditions are known as ‘visual impairment’ and are different to common sight related problems such as short or long sightedness. Eye sight naturally deteriorates over time (known as macular degeneration) but there are other conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma, that can appear at any time and are still the leading cause of blindness in developing countries. Whilst some conditions are treatable with drugs and surgical procedures, others are sadly permanent, and those sufferers must learn to adjust to a life with reduced or no vision. In these circumstances, lifestyle changes must be made, including adaption to the home and work environment, but many blind people continue to lead rich and fulfilling lives despite their impairment.

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Hi,. I'm so interested in your program. , but my problem is I was diagnosed with glaucoma. I undergo 2 times laser with my left and right eyes. But the problem is I can still feel lots of problem with my sight, specially watching tv or computer. I'm 49 y.o. And I'm afraid what will happen with my sight after few years or more. And I'm afraid if I can still work the same as before. Do I need to avoid something so my case will never get more serious ? Please help and many thanks.





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Hi please help, my 17 year old daughter has gone blind in one eye, it's been 2 weeks now. No trauma etc just gradually got worse over 2 weeks. Had MRI bloods and lots of eye appointments and no one can explain it. 2 years ago she went to Africa for 10 days and 11 days after coming back she went numb gradually all over her body and is still left with constant tingling numbness all over her body. Are we missing something vital. We can't understand how a 17 year old can go blind all of a sudden.





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My boyfriend has the same thing. Went to bed friday with a headach and woke up saturday morning blind on left eye. Now the doctors have given up on him and told him that his going blind on right eye too and they don't know why.

I had my eye lense removed at birth due to having cateract is there a way of replacing the lense artificially also years ago I read that they were trying out stem cell technology to repair vision but I havnt heard anything since I am so frustrated because the government say my eysight is good enough not to get financial help from them but my sight is bad enough that I struggle to get or hold down a job due to vison what can I do





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At birth, I was diagnosed with Glaucoma, I could see up until the age of 3 and a half then lost it, I have under gone 7 operations (4 on my left eye and 3 in my right eye), as a result of this, my left eye has been reduced in size, which makes 1 of my eyes appear smaller than the other. At around the age of 9 or 10 I was diagnosed with something called crestal crystals (I'm not sure how to spell it correctly but its something along the lines of that) which are little tiny white dots on the surface of the eyeball. This has made my eyes look orange/yellowy and white. I have also got a cataract on my left eyeball, which makes my eyes look even more abnormal. As well as the cataract I have something on the serface of my eye called a band (I'm not sure the medical term for it). But I would like to know if there is any surgery out there to make my eyes appear more normal. It is embarrassing when people look straight into your eyes because they know your blind.





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I have been diabetic for 15 years I have bad weight control and bad sugar control. I have now been told there is visible damage to my eyes which I can see as well. My question is can the damage be stopped or would I be wasting my time trying, Thankyou





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I am 24 years of age and within the last 7 years I have suffered fuzzy eyes 3 times it will last for about an hour or so and then clear up and come back again, also I have loss partial hearing and that lasted no longer than 3 days, I also suffer from constant block nose which I've had an operation on but still partially blocked.





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My son was like that go and see your ENT his tonsils were to big

I was born blind in my left eye due to my mother contracting rubella whilst pregnant.She was told I had no retina, i also have a cataract and a turn in my eye. Although they say I have no retina I sometimes see light and shapes. I have always been embarrassed by it and cover it with my hair and would love to have something done to make it look like the other one..can anyone help me?





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I suffer with double vision but only during spring and summer. i have had scans, blood tests, everything and nothing can be found except the alignment can be slightly out. i also get the heavy feeling behind my eyes and symptoms of migrane. i have suffered with this for the past 6 years every spring through to summer. i really need someone to explain what this is, i have a special lense to wear when it gets really bad but this condition leaves me housebound, which is really not good, being a single mom with two boys, please can anybody help.





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I have been for eye test and have been refered to a ophthalmologist as soon as possible(still waiting on appointment), i didnt have blurred vision in right eye until 3 months ago,Im only in my 40s dont smoke and dont have diabetes





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i am 42 suddenly vision of my left eye is gone blurry,





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I do not know what has happened to you, but I can describe my own experience. But first of all, you should be clear that with any sudden eye problem, you MUST GO TO HOSPITAL accident & emergency, or specialist eye casualty department as soon as possible, i.e. TODAY. This is because some eye problems can get very serious extremely quickly & they need to rule such urgent problems out or treat them urgently. I will describe my experience, but please remember, it may not be the same problem you have, and you must see an eye specialist. Don’t be afraid. It might not be something bad, but you must check. I had Optic Neuritis (inflammation of the Optic nerve). Because the myelin sheath which protects the nerve is damaged, the messages can't get through properly, hence vision is impaired. Visual acuity (sharpness/ clarity of vision), colour saturation (how strong/ deep colours appear) and visual field may be affected. This is temporary. Most people recover well. I feel I regained my vision each time, but not fully. What you describe has happened to me 4 times, always in only one eye (mine have been affected alternately), coming on over a period of hours or 2 days and then recovering by itself over a period of 2 weeks to 4 months. For me, it is accompanied by impairment of colour vision. Colours appear bleached out. e.g. bright red looks like baby pink. Sometimes the colour saturation is severely affected, sometimes very slightly. 90% of people with optic neuritis feel pain, but not everybody & not always. Pain can be in the eye at the back, or a feel bit deeper behind the eyeball. It can be pain on moving the eyes. You may find that your vision gets worse if you get warm (e.g. through exercise or a warm bath or hot sauna). The first time, I had no pain. Other times I have had pain in the head for up to 25 days. I experienced it as being more myopic (short sighted) than I normally am. This can not be corrected by wearing glasses / contact lenses, nor by increasing the strength of your prescription. It does not work that way. You wear your spectacles if that is what you normally do, but you will not be able to see so well. Optic neuritis makes me feel unsettled, disoriented, annoyed, less confident, less capable, angry even. Basically, you just have to put up with it. There is nothing the doctors nor you can do. Sorry. IF it is optic neuritis, you have not caused it yourself through unhealthy living. It happens by itself & doctors are not clear why. It is not preventable. I was offered steroids. These do not cure the problem, but merely speed up the recovery slightly. (I declined these strong drugs, due to the nasty side effects weighed up against the minimal benefits. Eye specialist agreed with my judgement, and a second one said she wouldn’t eat them either!). Optic neuritis is often but not always linked to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Most people get diagnosed with this younger than you, so that is potentially a good sign for you, especially if you have not experienced any other problems of the nervous system. To be diagnosed with MS, one has to have had at least 2 attacks, which could be the nerves anywhere in the body (not just eyes). A diagnosis is then confirmed by an MRI scan of the brain. This is not painful at all. You just lie down & go into the scanner. Not scary. A neurologist (nerve doctor) interprets the scan. This could be many months later, as the eye consultant would have identified on first meeting with you that it is not urgent. “Not urgent” in this case means “not a hurry” and “because there is nothing the eye consultant can do to help in any case” and “the neurologist will probably not be giving you any treatment, or at least not unless/ until you experience more problems”. Multiple Sclerosis varies considerably in severity, so don’t be afraid. It can be mild. Like many people with MS, optic neuritis was the first sign for me. Having a brain scan can have negative implications for life insurance / travel insurance e.t.c. Good luck! Remember, you may have something entirely different to me. You must go to Casualty to find out. Go to the separate Eye Casualty department if your hospital has one. You do not need an appointment. They may not be open on a Sunday, but at least the normal A&E department may be able to rule out any urgent problems which may need to be dealt with immediately. Optic neuritis does not have this acute time pressure, but you do not know what is wrong with you yet. Best wishes. I will pray for you.


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