Signs of Sight Loss

Sight loss is a significant health concern in Boston, America. About 25% of people over 65 years old have a visual impairment. It is essential to understand the causes and treatment options for vision loss. Optometry entails examining the eyes and optical systems for abnormalities or defects. At Lickteig Family Eyecare, we diagnose and treat different eye diseases. Call us at (617)-988-8136

What Causes Sight Loss?

Sudden vision loss can occur due to different reasons including:

  • Damage to the retina
  • Vitreous hemorrhage
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Refractive error
  • Childhood blindness
  • Corneal opacification
  • Diabetic retinopathy

What Are Some of The Conditions That May Cause Sight Loss?


When a cataract develops, it obstructs your lens. First, it occurs in your central vision before extending outwards. Symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision and intolerance to bright light. Some cataracts occur due to old age whereas others arise at birth.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a major complication of diabetes. It occurs when your retina’s blood vessels weaken and rupture hence causing internal results in blurred vision. As the vessels heal, tiny scars form in the retina. Laser surgery is customarily used to treat diabetic retinopathy. A patient may experience new hemorrhages after some time.


Naturally, the eye produces and drains aqueous humor to maintain its shape and lubrication. Pressure increases rapidly if the eye’s drainage system is damaged or if it produces excess fluid. Eventually, it destroys your optic nerve, therefore, hindering the transmission of visual signals to your brain. Typically, it is difficult to detect glaucoma, as the increased pressure in the eye is painless.

How Regular Eye Exams Detect Early Sight Loss Symptoms

Having regular eye exams help in protecting your eyesight. They allow opticians to detect any change in the front part of your eye to make the necessary alterations to your contact lens. Nevertheless, the doctor needs to examine the retina, the rear section of your eye to ensure that it is not damaged.

If specific eye problems are untreated, they might cause partial or complete visual loss. Generally, optometry avoids and reduces harmful effects on your vision and to detect potential vision problems. How often do you have an eye examination?

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