Common Eye Diseases & Conditions
Over 3 million people (40+) in the U.S. are legally blind or have low vision, which means they have a best-corrected visual acuity below 6/12 (greater than 20/40). The primary causes of poor vision and blindness in America are connected to certain eye conditions and diseases. These include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration, among other eye disorders.
Many people also have a refractive error, such as astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), presbyopia, or a combination. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK eye surgery are necessary to correct mild to severe refractive errors.
There are hundreds of eye disorders and conditions that can cause low vision, blindness, eye discomfort, and/or other life-altering conditions. Some eye conditions, on the other hand, may not cause vision loss but can result in vision and eye irregularities.
Some common eye problems (that range from mild to severe) include: