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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Blind Spot In Vision (Definition)

Most people are not aware of their blind spot, the small spot in everybody's visual field that is blank. The attachment point of the optic nerve (the nerve that carries all visual information to the brain) to the eyeball causes every person to ...Read more


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What is a blind spot? Why do we have one?

What is a blind spot? Why do we have one?

BS: The physiologic blind spot is the area about 12 degrees temporal to center of vision. It corresponds to the location of the optic nerve head. There is no light sensitive tissue on the ONH. You can find your blind spot by closing one eye, looking at your thumb at arm's length, and slowly moving your arm away from your body while staring straight ahead. Your thumb will disappear. ...Read more

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How can one start seeing in the blind spot?

Can't: The physiologic blind spot is located in visual space where the optic nerve comes into the eye. There are no rods and cones in that location so no vision is possible there. The othere eye picks up the area that is missing so with both eyes we don't have a bind spot. ...Read more

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Can you develop blind spot without going blind?

Yes: But if your blind spot is new... You need to seek medical attention immediately. A newly developed blind spot is never normal and may be treatable. ...Read more

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Blind spot in vision; also like a sparkly prism?

Blind spot in vision; also like a sparkly prism?

Migraine: You have described a typical pattern for occipital migraine, a condition affecting the circulation to the occipital lobe - the visual information processing part of the brain. These are benign, annoying but come from nothing and lead to nothing. Most are over in 5 minutes to 1 hour. If you get another, cover one eye, then the other and you will notice the sparkles in the same 1/2 of each eye. ...Read more

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Is it possible to never get used to a blind spot?

Is it possible to never get used to a blind spot?

Yes: Blind spots or scotomas can be positive or negative. Positive scotomas are either dark, light or scintillating and are difficult to ignor. Negative scotomas are areas where the patient does not see anything and are relatively easy to ignor. ...Read more

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Interested to know if everyone has a blind spot in the same spot?

Interested to know if everyone has a blind spot in the same spot?

Yes: Everyone has a blind spot that is temporal (to the right in the right eye vision, and to the left on in the left eye vision) to central vision. If one makes two dots on a piece of paper about 10 cm apart, then looks at one, with the other temporal, and moves the paper closer and farther from the eye, the temporal dot will disappear. The blind spot is where the vision nerve enters the eye. ...Read more

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Where is the blind spot in the retina?

See below: The physiologic (normal) blind spot is from the area of the retina that is occupied by the optic nerve. The brain "fills in" this missing circular area of perception, so you usually don't notice the blind spot in your everyday vision. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more