Causes of Adult Vision Loss

This section features information about the four eye conditions most likely to affect adult vision: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Learn about warning signs, symptoms, impact on vision, learning to live with the condition, and treatment.
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD or ARMD)

An overview, including signs and symptoms, an online video exploring adaptive technology, and additional resources.
Sacramento Network of Care
Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, and suggestions for living with it.
National Eye Institute (NEI)
This introduction to age-related macular degeneration includes an update on current research.
Vision 2020
Some facts about the global prevalence of age-related macular degeneration, and lists of treatments, both effective and ineffective.
Bright Focus Foundation
Bright Focus provides consumer-friendly information about visual impairments. This page provides links to information about AMD, including its causes, treatments, accommodations for living with it, and advice for family.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD or ARMD): Organizations & Resources to Explore

Information for people with age-related macular degeneration, their families, caregivers, and professionals.
An introduction to age-related macular degeneration and suggestions on living with the disease.
A wide array of information and resources.
The online newsletter on this site offers updates on research findings and practical tips for people with age-related macular degeneration.
MD Support
An annotated list of organizations that specialize in macular degeneration.


National Eye Institute (NEI)
Causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and current research on cataracts.
A good explanation of the types of cataracts and their effects on vision.
Sacramento Network of Care
This article explores the pros and cons of surgery, with information about procedures, outcomes, and recovery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

An overview of diabetes.
Sacramento Network of Care
Information about treatment of diabetic retinopathy, tips for living with the condition.
Health System - University of Michigan
Suggestions on self-care for those who have diabetes and low vision.


Basic information and links to additional resources about glaucoma.
Sacramento Network of Care 
An overview of glaucoma, with many links to articles with information about its many types, diagnosis, and treatment.

Glaucoma: Organizations & Resources to Explore

A comprehensive source of up-to-date news and information about glaucoma.
Diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma; links to an online newsletter.
Information on glaucoma’s impact on vision, living with the disease, treatment, and research.