Diagnostic Vision Signs of
Loss or Impairment

Diagnostic Vision Checklists to help you determine if you need an evaluation for Vision Loss or Impairment.

Many people struggle with vision loss or impairment that has not been diagnosed. Their undiagnosed disability might be holding them back from enjoying the success and happiness they could otherwise achieve.


Diagnostic Signs - Vision Loss or Impairment

Vision Impairment and Blindness
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/visionimpairmentandblindness.htmlAlso called: Low vision

Vision impairment, or low vision, means that even with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, you don't see well. Vision impairment can range from mild to severe. The leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in the United States are age-related eye diseases: macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma. Other eye disorders, eye injuries and birth defects can also cause vision loss.

A loss of vision means that you may have to reorganize your life and learn new ways of doing things. If you have some vision, visual aids such as special glasses and large print books can make life easier. There are also devices to help those with no vision, like text-reading software and braille books.Sometimes, vision loss is preventable. Regular comprehensive eye exams and prompt treatment are critical.

NIH: National Eye Institute

MedLine PlusA service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Reference Information from MedLine Plus, National Institutes of Health




This checklist is designed to help people get started in the right direction. This material is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Professional medical advice should be sought whenever appropriate.

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