3 Illnesses That Can Cause a Loss of Vision


Vision loss can feel extremely debilitating. Imagine how difficult it would be to go from being able to see one day and then have your ability to see either gradually or rapidly decrease. Here are 3 other health conditions that may unfortunately result in vision loss that we at Harry W. Chan, OD, want more people to be aware of.


Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that is brought on by diabetes and is the biggest reason for vision loss in adults in the United States. Fortunately, 90% of all cases of diabetic retinopathy can be improved by controlling diabetic symptoms.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration involves the degeneration of the eye’s macula, which is the part of the eye that helps people see fine details. It is a common condition that primarily affects people age 60 and older. There is unfortunately no current cure for macular degeneration, but regular eye examinations can help discover the condition early on and treat it.


Glaucoma is one condition that comes on quickly. You can have glaucoma for years and never know it because of the lack of clear symptoms. Having routine comprehensive eye exams can identify the signs early on and allow you more treatment options than you would have if the condition takes hold of your eyes after you have had it for a while or after you start exhibiting symptoms.

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