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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

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


Dr. James Lin
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Peripheral Vision Loss (Definition)

Peripheral vision loss is a symptom in which a person looking straight ahead, cannot see the areas to his left, his right, the top, or to the bottom. He only has vision in the central part of his "visual field". Peripheral vision loss can create a ...Read more