Vision loss does not refer to blindness from birth, nor does it refer to normal vision deterioration that could be simply fixed with glasses or contact lenses. Vision loss or loss of sight suffered by a person who previously enjoyed normal vision can be dire, possibly leading to irreparable blindness. Vision loss can be either gradual or sudden, occur in one or both eyes, or even in just part of the visual field. Vision loss can result from injury to the eye or from health conditions and diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, in addition to other causes. Vision loss is more common in older individuals.
Vision loss affects everyday activities such as reading and driving, and can significantly impact one’s ability to live independently. If you believe you may be experiencing vision loss, it is vital that you seek emergency help immediately. Envision’s emergency services, including free transportation to and from our offices, are always available to concerned patients.
Saving Her Sight Before She Lost It: An Envision Story
Gitty came in for a routine eye examination. Eerily, she’d almost canceled because her babysitter had had a family emergency. Thankfully, her sister had stepped in, offering to take the children for the afternoon, allowing her to keep her appointment.
Gitty hadn’t been too concerned – nothing had been bothering her, really, she was just being conscientious. First the technician, and then the doctor, ran her through some of the basic tests. All was fine until the doctor noted that she might have a retina disorder. He swiftly dilated her pupils and the fundus photo captured his concern – she did indeed have a retina disorder.
Envision promptly contacted our associate, Dr. Landa, a retina specialist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Although he was booked, he saw Gitty right away and soon confirmed the diagnosis. Immediate surgery was required. With Envision championing on her behalf, Gitty was ushered into surgery. The procedure went smoothly, and Gitty was back to herself the very next day.