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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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Blind spot appeared in vision along with major stress?

Blind spot appeared in vision along with major stress?

BLIND SPOT: We all have a normal blind spot, the optic nerve head. There are other pathological blind spots occurring in diseased conditions such as glaucoma, solitary retinal hemorrhages, artery or vein occlusions etc. Stress alone is unlikely to cause such blind spots, but theoretically it could contribute to worsen a preexisting condition like hypertension, which may lead to retinal hemorrhages. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I have a blind spot in my central vision?

Amsler gird: There is a gird with central black dot that is called amsler grid. You can down load an app, search online or ask you doc for it. You test one eye at a time look straight at the center dot and make sure you can see all the grid lines surrounding of it. You can also tell while you are reading if you are missing letters or word from the line. ...Read more

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Blind spot in center of vision and then patches of prisms? Aura?

Blind spot in center of vision and then patches of prisms? Aura?

??: Need a little more info about your question. I assume you're saying you have a blind spot centrally and your seeing scintillating light peripherally--typically lasting about 15 minutes, not usually associated with any other symptoms. Sounds like an acephalic migraine or ocular migrains, without headache, sometimes described as auras. Central blindspot is concerning though. See your eyemd. ...Read more

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What is happening when I randomly get a 'blind spot' under stress?

What is happening when I randomly get a 'blind spot' under stress?

Vasc? Migraine? MS?: Sudden vision loss, "blind spot" needs to checked out. 1 eye or both? What part of vision? Other symptoms? Numbness, clumsyness, continence issues, etc? Could be spasm of vessels leading to a segment of brain (visual cortex) or to eye itself. Could be manifestation of neurological problems, e.g. Demyelinating disorders, including multiple sclerosis. See md. ...Read more

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How come I get a blind spot before a migraine?

How come I get a blind spot before a migraine?

Ocular Migraine: Temporary blind spots and formed flashes-scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine or ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients have spasms of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms. Temporary loss of blood flow causes temporary sight loss. If it persists or interferes with daily activities then go to your primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a blind spot in both your eyes?

Yes: All patients actually have a physiologic blind spot that corresponds to where the optic nerve is located in the retina. It may be able to find this yourself by holding your finger in front of your face in the right location. When both eyes are open, each eye's visual field will "cover" the blind spot of the other eye and there will be no blind spot visible. ...Read more

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Is it weird to have a blind spot in both eyes?

Is it weird to have a blind spot in both eyes?

Depends: Everyone has a blind spot in each eyes in the outer vision but mostly we are not aware of it. If you developed a recent new blind spots then you need to see an ophthalmologist.. ...Read more

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Blind spot in side of eye when looking to side. Why?

Blind spot in side of eye when looking to side. Why?

See Eye MD now.: Could represent a retinal detachment or other retinal disorder. Best to see eye md now. ...Read more

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What is the blind spot?

What is the blind spot?

The Optic Nerve: The part of the back of the eye where the optic nerve head leaves the eye to carry the message of vision to the brain has no rods or cones and therefore shows up in the visual field test as a "blind spot". ...Read more

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Is there a natural blind spot that everyone has?

Yes: Everyone has a blind spot in their field of vision.It is small area related to the actual anatomical place where the optic nerve penetrates the retina. ...Read more

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Why can I see my blind spot? How does that work?

Whew!: The other eye fills in the blank spot. So only can be seen with other eye closed. The blind spot is normal--there is no retina tissue there. ...Read more