What increases my risk for visual impairments?


Many factors can increase your risk for a visual impairment. You could be born with an eye disorder that causes you to be visually impaired. When a baby is born prematurely, the risk of nearsightedness is increased. You may injure your eye, causing visual impairment. Age is a risk factor, as your eyes tend to deteriorate as you age. Prolonged sunlight, alcohol consumption, and tobacco smoking can all increase your risk of developing specific conditions like cataracts.

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.

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