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How is blindness diagnosed?

Blindness is diagnosed by testing each eye individually and by measuring the visual acuity and the visual field, or peripheral vision. People may have blindness in one (unilateral blindness) or both eyes (bilateral blindness). Historical information regarding the blindness can be helpful in diagnosing the cause of blindness. Poor vision that is sudden in onset differs in potential causes than blindness that is progressive or chronic. Temporary blindness differs in cause from permanent blindness. The cause of blindness is made by a thorough examination by an ophthalmologist.

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Comment from: Deb, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 08

My daughter had high blood pressure and the eye went mostly blind. Some eyesight came back but then deteriorated and now she just sees grey.

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Comment from: megan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I was diagnosed with a non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), due to a drop in blood pressure when I was sleeping.

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