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What are the common causes of vision loss in elderly patients? My father is 66 now and he has serious problems. He already doesn’t see on the right eye, because of the cataract. He had cataract surgery a year ago. His doctor says that its age related problem. However, I am suspicious because he is not that old.

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Vision loss among the elderly is a major and frequent problem. Approximately 1/3 persons have some forms of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65. It is very possible that is age related in case of your father because the common causes of vision loss among the elderly are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy. Age-related macular degeneration is characterized by the loss of central vision and primary open-angle glaucoma results in optic nerve damage and visual field loss. Cataract is a common cause of vision impairment among the elderly, although surgery is often effective in restoring vision.
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