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Can people with peripheral vision loss drive safely?

Can people with peripheral vision loss drive safely?

Depends: On the amount of peripheral vision loss. A visual field is performed to detect the amount of binocular horizontal visual field. For example, some rules require it to be at least 20 degrees to drive. Driving safely with reduced peripheral vision means turning your head always in the direction you want to look. ...Read more

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Peripheral Vision (Definition)

When you look at someone's face, you can still see their hand, even though you are not looking directly at it. When you are walking through a doorway, you are not looking at the sides, or looking directly at the threshold, but you see it through your peripheral vision. Anything outside of your direct focus spot, is considered peripheral. Which can be measured ...Read more


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Are there people that drive ok with peripheral vision loss ?

Are there people that drive ok with peripheral vision loss ?

Yes, but: The patient needs to have a visual field test to determine how much field loss there is. Sometimes, there is so much that they cannot drive legally. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cause of peripheral vision loss?

Cause of peripheral vision loss?

No: If you are experiencing peripheral vision loss, you should be evaluated for glaucoma, optic nerve disease, or a possible mass or infiltrative lesion. ...Read more

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Peripheral vision loss due to ageing?

Peripheral vision loss due to ageing?

No: Aging in and of itself never causes peripheral vision loss. If you are experiencing peripheral vision loss, you should be evaluated for glaucoma, optic nerve disease, or a possible mass or infiltrative lesion. ...Read more

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Is peripheral vision loss symmetrical?

Sometimes: Depends upon the cause: if due to inherited retinal disease it is usually symmetric. If due to glaucoma or retinal vascular disease it is assymmetrical and spotty. If due to CNS problems like stroke, it is symmetrical and sudden. ...Read more

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What can cause peripheral vision loss?

What can cause peripheral vision loss?

Many thinks: Such as retinal detachment, retinal degeneration, glaucoma, optic nerve disease, stroke, brain lesion. You need to see an eye doctor sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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What exactly can cause peripheral vision loss?

What exactly can cause peripheral vision loss?

Many: The most common are strokes and glaucoma, but there are many others. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about peripheral vision, however are vertical or horizontal prisms used for peripheral vision loss?

Can you tell me about peripheral vision, however are vertical or horizontal prisms used for peripheral vision loss?

For motion detection: Central (macular) vision detects fine detail and colors. Peripheral vision has poor resolution but is highly sensitive to motion - it is your warning sensor for possible threats out of the center. Prisms affect both central and peripheral vision at the same time, so no prism will only change peripheral vision. Prisms are used to compensate for doubling; not a peripheral issue. ...Read more

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I have some early peripheral vision loss but don't notice it in my field of vision. Why?

I have some early peripheral vision loss but don't notice it in my field of vision. Why?

Compensation: The eyes are very good at covering for each other. The peripheral loss which i hope is minor, has been adjusted to by your eyes and there even may be some overlap with the other eye. ...Read more

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How do you know if peripheral vision loss is minor. Field test says normal but there are some gray shaded areas around part of the periphery.

Depends. : This depends on many factors. The size of the visual field test, how wide an area was it measuring. It also depends on how stable the change is- is it new or has it been like this for many years. Also how severe the changes are- the sensitivity is expressed in "decibels". Small changes are ok unless they exceed what you would expect for that sight tested based on past tests. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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I was detected with glaucoma, earlier i was having peripheral vision loss which i neglected that advanced to complete vision loss. what should i do?

Continue treatment: Obviously you discovered the vision loss and hopefully are seeing an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) for treatment. Your goal, since you have lost vision in one eye is to be very diligent with treatment for the remaining eye to prevent it losing any more vision. The loss from the blind eye, in glaucoma, unfortunately is permanent. ...Read more

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Peripheral vision loss and dizzy?

Increase IC pressure: If you also have headaches, nausea and vomiting, your symptoms may indicate increased intracranial pressure caused by medication or a space-occupying lesion in your brain. Please see your doctor or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Over the past month I have peripheral vision loss and severe headaches?

Be seen!: These are very concerning symptoms and should be evaluated immediately. Especially with the loss of vision, tr suggests a problem in the brain or along the nerves to the eye. Problems with pressure in the brain, irritations/infections of the brain or eyes, or tumors can cause these two problems. Please do not delay any longer. ...Read more

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Could prism eyeglasses help restore peripheral vision loss caused by drusen?

Could prism eyeglasses help restore peripheral vision loss caused by drusen?

No: Prism eyeglasses are used to shift the image of one eye relative to the other to avoid doubling of vision. Drusen that are significant can wipe out portions of the vision and will not be improved by prisms. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can prism eyeglasses help restore peripheral vision loss caused by drusen?

No: You should get another opinion. Retinal drusen do not typically cause loss of peripheral vision. Optic nerve drusen can, but it is rarely noticed by the patient. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more


Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more