Causes of Vision Loss

The causes of vision loss depend somewhat on the type of vision loss:

Eye Disorders: Causes of vision loss due to a disorder of the eyes may include:

Disorders of the Eye Region: Disorders that affect other areas of the eye, such as the eye’s orbit and the optic nerve, can also result in vision loss:

Other Non-Eye Disorders: Various disorders of other parts of the body than the eye can cause vision loss in the eyes, such as:

Congenital Vision Loss: There are some congenital disorders that can cause vision loss in a newborn baby (or in some cases the symptoms are not noticed until early childhood), such as:

Episodic Vision Loss: Is it temporary vision loss? Causes of various forms of transient vision symptoms may include:

Other Types of Vision Loss: A patient with a symptom of vision loss may actually mean a number of other similar vision disorders, which cause some level of visual impairment. Other visual symptoms to consider include:

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Causes of eye problems

Many medical problems can cause loss of sight.

Source: New Zealand Health1

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Some health conditions that may cause blindness do not have any symptoms early on, may only affect one eye and may not always be easily detectable except through an eye examination. Regular eye examinations are the best way to prevent a vision impairment. Have frequent eye examinations if you have a family history of eye disease or a medical condition such as diabetes or hypertension.

Source: New Zealand Health2

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Pituitary tumor: Sometimes impaired vision is the first sign of a pituitary tumor in a person with MEN1.

Source: NIDDK (NIH)3

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Shingles: Depending on where shingles develops, it could also cause symptoms … even loss of vision.

Source: NIA (NIH)4

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Idiopathic intracranial hypertension: There's also a risk that you could lose your vision, even though treatment can help reduce this risk.

Permanent vision loss is estimated to occur in between 1 in every 5 to 20 people with idiopathic IH.

Source: NHS Choices UK5

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Multiple sclerosis: In around one in four cases of MS, the first noticeable symptom is a problem with one of your eyes (optic neuritis).

Source: NHS Choices UK6

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Post-stroke syndrome: After a brain injury, problems with your vision - such as blurring, blind spots, black spots and double vision - are common.

In most cases, vision problems improve gradually over a few months.

Source: NHS Choices UK7

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Some causes may include:8 Causes of Visual Loss:

Causes List for Vision Loss

List of possible causes of Vision Loss or similar symptoms may include:9

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  1. Source: New Zealand Health: your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ eye-and-vision-problems
  2. Source: New Zealand Health: your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ disabilities/ low-vision
  3. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ endocrine-diseases/ multiple-endocrine-neoplasia-type-1
  4. Source: NIA (NIH): health/ shingles
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ intracranial-hypertension/ 
  6. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ multiple-sclerosis/ symptoms/ 
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ subarachnoid-haemorrhage/ recovery/ 
  8. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  9. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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