Understanding blindness and vision loss

Vision loss can occur at any stage of life. Some people are born with a vision impairment and others can develop one over time due to an accident, illness, injury or genetic inheritance.

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How our services help

We rely on our vision for many essential daily activities, so a significant change in vision or loss of sight can greatly affect our mobility and independence.

That’s why our programs and services are so important to help people learn to manage their vision loss and continue living life the way they choose.

We support people with many different eye conditions. You can find out more about some of the most common conditions that affect Australians below.

All eye conditions


Cataracts can be treated by surgery but they are still a leading cause of vision loss.

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  • Cataracts are a leading cause of vision impairment
  • The rate of Cataracts doubles with each decade after 40 years
  • Effective surgery is available to Australians

Retinitis Pigmentosa

A genetic condition causing gradual vision loss, often resulting in “tunnel vision.”

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  • Nearly 1 in 3000 people are born with the condition
  • The condition can greatly vary between every diagnosis
  • Often referred to as “tunnel vision”

Macular Degeneration

The most common cause of legal blindness among Australians.

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  • Responsible for 50% of cases of blindness in Australia
  • The country’s leading cause of legal blindness
  • Most common cause of blindness in older Australians

Diabetic Retinopathy

A common complication of diabetes that causes blurred and patchy vision.

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  • Leading cause of blindness in working age Australians
  • Caused by complications of diabetes
  • Early diagnosis can prevent 98% of severe vision loss


More than half of people with Glaucoma don’t know they have the disease.

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  • Over 50% of cases of Glaucoma are undetected
  • Affects one in 15 people over the age of 70
  • Development is rare before the age of 50 years

Alanna is here to guide you through your options and help connect you with the right support.

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