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Gradual Changes in Vision

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Topic Overview

Vision changes that occur gradually over time or that seem to come and go are usually less serious than changes that occur suddenly and persist. Sudden changes that happen in only one eye are usually the most serious. Any sudden loss of vision lasting for more than a few seconds is a serious symptom that requires emergency medical treatment.

Gradual vision changes may include:

These symptoms have a variety of causes, including:

Vision problems in older adults

Some of the common vision problems that occur in older adults include:


Credits for Gradual Changes in Vision

Current as of: April 29, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Christopher J. Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology


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