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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Vision Changes

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced vision changes. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Age - Related Macular Degeneration

    Age-related macular degeneration is a disease of the macula, which is the part of the eye responsible for seeing objects clearly. It is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States.

    Lifelong

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vision changes, blurry vision, difficulty transitioning from bright to dim environments, visual distortions, altered color perception
    Symptoms that always occur with age-related macular degeneration:
    vision changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Condition Causing Vision Changes

    Gray dots in one's vision suggests damage to the nerves leading from the eye. You need to see a doctor immediately for treatment!

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    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vision issue with seeing gray spots
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Diabetic Retinopathy

    Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that causes progressive vision impairment.

    Outcome is dependant on severity of disease.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    blurry vision, eye pain, difficulty transitioning from bright to dim environments, floating spots in vision, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Condition Causing Loss of Vision

    Sudden vision loss is very worrisome and suggests a damage to the nerves of the eye or the retina.

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    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of vision, vision issue with seeing gray spots
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  5. 5.Retinal Detachment

    The retina is a layer of tissue in the eye. When the retina detaches, its normal position is disrupted causing vision changes.

    Outcomes depend on extent of detachment and time to treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    floating spots in vision, flashing lights in vision
    Symptoms that always occur with retinal detachment:
    floating spots in vision
    Symptoms that never occur with retinal detachment:
    eye pain, eye redness, eye itch, wateriness in both eyes
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Cataract

    A cataract is clouding of the eye's lens that leads to decreased vision. It typically develops slowly over time.

    Resolves with surgery to remove the cataract

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vision changes, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, double vision, altered color perception
    Symptoms that always occur with cataract:
    vision changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Acute Close - Angle Glaucoma

    Acute, close-angle glaucoma is caused by a rapid or sudden increase in pressure within the eye that occasionally results in permanent blindness.

    If treated promptly, permanent vision loss can be avoided. Laser therapy or surgical therapy are frequently used treatments

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, nausea or vomiting, vision changes, being severely ill, eye pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  8. 8.Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is stopped.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, leg numbness, arm numbness, new headache, stiff neck
    Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack):
    bilateral weakness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Vision Changes

  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Vision Changes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced vision changes have also experienced:

    • 9% Headache
    • 5% Fatigue
    • 4% Nausea
  • People who have experienced vision changes were most often matched with:

    • 50% Condition Causing Vision Changes
    • 25% Age - Related Macular Degeneration
    • 25% Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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