Peripheral Vision Loss

Dec 15, 2022

Symptoms and Causes of Peripheral Vision Loss 

At Ensight Eyecare, we understand that maintaining healthy vision is crucial to your overall well-being. That’s why we often discuss the importance of regular eye exams and the early detection of any potential vision problems. One condition that can affect your vision is peripheral vision loss, also known as peripheral neuropathy or tunnel vision. In this article, we will explain what peripheral vision loss is, its causes, and the signs to look out for.

What is peripheral vision? 

Peripheral vision refers to part of sight outside of your central field of vision. It allows you to see objects to the side without having to move your eyes or head. 

Peripheral vision loss 

Peripheral vision loss occurs when the nerves that carry information from your eyes to your brain are damaged. This can result in a loss of the ability to see objects to the side, out of the corner of your eye. While central vision, which allows us to see objects directly in front of us, remains intact, people with peripheral vision loss may have difficulty seeing objects to the side or in their peripheral field.

There are several potential causes of peripheral vision loss. In some cases, it may be due to damage to the optic nerve, which can be caused by a variety of factors such as glaucoma, trauma, or inflammation. In other cases, it may be caused by a condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, which is a genetic disorder that affects the retina.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible:

  • Difficulty seeing objects to the side
  • A feeling of “tunnel vision”
  • Difficulty navigating unfamiliar environments
  • Trouble seeing in low-light conditions
  • Difficulty reading or performing tasks that require the use of both eyes

At Ensight Eyecare, we use advanced technology and diagnostic tools to assess your vision and determine the underlying cause of any vision problems you may be experiencing. Our team of experienced optometrists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

In some cases, peripheral vision loss can be treated with medication or surgery. In other cases, it may not be possible to restore lost vision, but there are ways to help you adapt and make the most of your remaining vision. For example, your doctor may recommend low vision aids such as magnifiers or special lighting to help you see more clearly.

It is important to remember that early detection and treatment of peripheral vision loss is crucial to maintaining your overall vision health. That’s why we recommend that everyone over the age of 18 have a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years. During your exam, your doctor will check your peripheral vision as well as your central vision to ensure that any potential vision problems are detected and treated early on.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of peripheral vision loss, or if it has been more than a year since your last eye exam, we encourage you to contact Ensight Eyecare in Andalusia, AL to schedule an appointment. Our team is here to help you maintain healthy vision and improve your overall quality of life.