Peripheral Vision Loss: What Does it Mean?
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
The bulk of our visual perception lies within a central field. We are most adept at seeing what is directly in front of us. However, the periphery is also vital to full, healthy vision. In fact, several points of vision are outside of the central field. If any one of the peripheral points gets interrupted, we want to find out why.
Peripheral vision provides us with a well-rounded view that includes recognition of objects situated to one side or the other without having to turn the head. Without strong peripheral observation, vision feels like looking through a small tube – aka tunnel vision.
Causes of Peripheral Vision Loss
Most commonly, peripheral vision loss suggests damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve sits at the back of the eye and transmits light to the brain, which then forms an image. It is possible that damage to the optic nerve can worsen over time, and the vision loss will be permanent. For this reason, it is vital to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with a qualified ophthalmologist who can closely observe the optic nerve with specific diagnostic imaging.
In addition to optic nerve damage, peripheral vision loss may also be caused by:
- Brain damage related to stroke, injury or disease.
- Detached retina
- Eye occlusion or stroke
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Temporary vision loss due to a migraine
The sudden decrease or loss of peripheral vision requires immediate medical attention. If you experience such a symptom, call a Roholt Vision Institute near you right away or go to the nearest emergency room.
Treatment for peripheral vision loss is developed after an extensive evaluation of the eye structure. Medication may be prescribed to slow or halt the progression of vision loss related to intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma. Sudden loss of peripheral vision due to retinal detachment may require surgical intervention to correct the separated structure.
Vision is an aspect of health and wellness that demands ongoing attention. Routine eye exams are a critical part of vision support, as is prompt care for unexpected or sudden symptoms such as the deterioration of peripheral vision.
If you have questions about vision disruption or eye health, contact us in Canfield, Alliance, or North Canton. We are happy to speak with you and arrange a thorough exam to address your symptoms.
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