Also called blindness, vision loss occurs when there is an inability to see clearly but can be corrected with the use of glasses or contact lenses. There are two types of vision loss: the partial blindness and complete blindness. Partial blindness is when an individual only has limited vision, while the complete blindness means you cannot see anything nor see light.
In fact in most states in the United States, some individuals are considered legally blind when their vision is worse than 20/200 even with the use of glasses or contact lenses. The disorder can occur suddenly or over a period of time. There are also several types of vision loss that if left untreated can be lead to complete blindness.
There are many causes of blindness, these are but not limited to:
- Accidents or injuries that affect the surface of the eyes such as in cases of chemical burns or sports injuries.
- Diabetes, Glaucoma and Macular degeneration
- Blocked blood vessels
- Retrolental fibroplasia or complications of many premature births
- Eye surgery complications
- Lazy eye
- Optic neuritis
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Optic glioma
As mentioned earlier there are several types of vision loss and its dependent on the cause.
- Cataracts. The vision in cataracts may be cloudy or fuzzy
- Diabetes. The vision can be blurred. Shadows, as well as missing areas of vision, are also present. Seeing at night may also be a problem.
- Glaucoma. The vision may be called tunnel vision or there are missing areas of vision.
- Macular degeneration. Only the side vision is normal, but central vision is lost slowly.
If there is sudden vision loss, seek medical assistance immediately. Pain may be absent during the whole ordeal but it doesn’t mean that it’s not that serious. For more information, please visit:
If you think you are suffering from Vision Loss you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Vision Loss as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).