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What causes acquired vision loss?

From childhood through middle adult life, eye injuries are the leading cause of acquired vision loss.

In later adult life, age-related changes such as glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration become the leading cause of blindness. Once vision is permanently impaired in one eye, preserving vision in your remaining functioning eye becomes extremely important. You must take steps to protect vision in your functioning eye, because loss of vision in that eye will drastically change your lifestyle. Some possible consequences are:

  • Reading difficulty;
  • Loss of job;
  • Social impairments;
  • Limited driver’s license;
  • Loss of recreational abilities;
  • Legal or total blindness.

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