What are some eye diseases that cause blindness?
The five most common diseases that can lead to vision loss or blindness:
- Diabetic retinopathy.
- Age-related macular degeneration.
- Eye injury or trauma.
What eye diseases are hereditary?
There are more than 350 hereditary eye diseases, such as albinism, aniridia, colorblindness, corneal dystrophies, glaucoma, keratoconus, Leber congenital amaurosis, night blindness, retinitis pigmentosa and retinoblastoma, to name just a few.
Can blindness be hereditary?
Blindness can be genetic (or inherited), which means that this problem gets passed down to a kid from parents through genes. Other eye diseases, such as cataracts (say: KAH-tuh-rakts), can cause vision problems or blindness, but they usually affect older people.
What is the rarest eye disease?
Examples of rare eye diseases include:
- Bietti’s crystalline dystrophy.
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
- Microphthalmia (missing or small eyes)
- Retinitis pigmentosa.
- Stargardt disease.
- Usher syndrome.