Low Vision Causes

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The term low vision includes people who are legally blind and people who are not legally blind, but who cannot see well enough to function on their own. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the causes of low vision in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Some vision changes are a normal part of aging, such as trouble focusing on close objects. Other common causes of vision loss are injury, infections and changes linked with other illnesses. The main causes of vision loss in people older than 40 years are:

Macular degeneration. This happens because of changes in the back of the eye.

Glaucoma. This is pressure from the fluid inside the eye.

Cataracts. This is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, and

Diabetic retinopathy. This happens when people with diabetes have changes in the back of the eye because of high blood sugar.

You might have vision problems if you have trouble with your normal activities, such as reading mail, watching television, signing your name, paying bills or walking up and down stairs. You might have trouble recognizing people.

You should see your health care provider if vision problems keep you from doing your normal activities. He or she can help you find specialists to treat your vision problems.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.