Causes of Blindness


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Cause statistics for Blindness: The following are statistics from various sources about the causes of Blindness:

  • 97% of all blindness results from common eye diseases in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 0.8% of diabetic adults attending specialist diabetes services suffered new blindness in Australia 2002 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 12,000-24,000 new cases of blindness annually are due to diabetic retinopathy in the US (National Diabetes Statistics fact sheet, NIDDK, 2003)
  • Diabetes causes 8,000 new cases of blindness in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 5,500 people each year become blind from glaucoma in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 120,000 people are currently blind from glaucoma in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 104,000 people are legally blind from because of age-related macular Degeneration in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 30,000 people go blind because of uveitis in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)

Cause details for Blindness: Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20 to 74 years old. 1

Retinal disorders are a leading cause of blindness in the United States. The retina is a thin lining on the back of the eye. It is made up of cells that get visual images and pass them on to the brain. Retinal disorders include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment.2

Underlying condition causes of Blindness: The list of possible underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Blindness) mentioned in various sources as possible causes of Blindness includes:

Blindness as a complication: Other conditions that might have Blindness as a complication might be potential underlying causes of Blindness. The list of conditions listing Blindness as a complication in our database includes:

Blindness as a symptom: Conditions listing Blindness as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Blindness. The list of conditions listing Blindness as a symptom in our database includes:

Causes of Blindness: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Blindness:

Related information for causes of Blindness: Further relevant information on causes of Blindness may be found in the risk factors for Blindness and underlying causes of Blindness.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Diabetes Statistics in the United States: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Aging and Your Eyes - Age Page - Health Information: NIA

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