Causes and Risk Factors
Eye Diseases and Health Conditions
Most people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes.
Your eye care professional can tell the difference between normal changes in the aging eye and those caused by eye diseases.
Injuries and Birth Defects
A few people develop vision loss after eye injuries or from birth defects. Although vision that is lost usually cannot be restored, many people can make the most of the vision they have.
How a Scene Looks to People With Normal and Low Vision
Scene as viewed by a person with normal vision.
Scene as viewed by a person with diabetic retinopathy.
Scene as viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration.
Scene as viewed by a person with glaucoma.
Scene as viewed by a person with cataracts.