Blindness and low vision can occur as a result of a number of different diseases, conditions or accidents. Some eye conditions are congenital (present at or near birth), others are caused by a disease or infection and others can be caused by accidents or through exposure to UV light (sunlight) or chemicals. Many of the most common eye conditions have no known cause.
This section provides information about the most common eye conditions that cause blindness and low vision. It also includes stories of people with these different eye conditions.