Common eye conditions
Learn about the types of eye conditions that can cause blindness or low vision.
Age-related macular degeneration
The leading cause of vision loss in Australians over 40.Read more about Age-related macular degeneration
A genetic condition that affects the body’s ability to produce melanin.Read more about Albinism
One of the most common eye conditions impacting older people.Read more about Cataracts
Damages tiny blood vessels at the back of your eyes.Read more about Diabetic retinopathy
A family of genetic conditions that can damage the optic nerve.Read more about Glaucoma
A genetic condition that causes cells in the retina to slowly degenerate.Read more about Retinitis pigmentosa
Maintaining eye health
Taking care of your eyes can seem daunting, and it’s important that you take the time to do it properly. To take the guesswork out of eye health, we’ve summarised some simple tips to get you started on your way to protecting your vision.Explore eye health tips
Frequently asked questions
Being diagnosed with an eye condition can be life changing, but it doesn't mean you have to stop doing the things you love. Working with our team of experts will empower you with skills and strategies to continue to live life on your terms.
Vision Australia's team of experts can support you to understand your eye condition and maximise your remaining vision. We can also support you to get out and about in your community, connect with others, retain or find a job post-diagnosis and learn how to use technology to conquer everyday tasks.
Vision Australia provides services for people who are blind or have low vision. A person is considered to have low vision when they have permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses and it affects daily functioning. If you are struggling with your vision and glasses are no longer working, speak with our team of experts on 1300 84 74 66.
Some signs of vision loss often go unnoticed until the symptoms are advanced.
Signs of vision loss typically include the following:
- Blurry vision
- Cloudy vision
- Decreased peripheral (side) vision
- Difficulty seeing clearly at night
- Frequent headaches
- Reduced central vision (what you see straight ahead)
- Seeing halos around lights
- Sensitivity to light
Especially in its earlier stages, certain signs of low vision can easily be attributed to other things. Frequent headaches can be triggered by stress or excessive computer use, light sensitivity can develop from migraines, anxiety, or certain medications, and even blurry vision may be the result of an eye infection, exhaustion, or dehydration.
Low vision is a significant visual impairment, which cannot be corrected by simply wearing glasses or contact lenses. The health consequences of reduced vision extend well beyond the eye.
For example, low vision has been linked to increased risk of falls/injury and negative impacts on mental health.
Book an eye check with our Low Vision Clinic and get advice on how to maximise your remaining vision.