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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Dim Peripheral Vision (Overview)

Dim peripheral vision, also called tunnel vision, is a clinical finding in which a person loses vision at the periphery but retains his central vision.


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Causes of loss of peripheral vision?

Causes of loss of peripheral vision?

Retina-optic nerve: Peripheral vision loss may be a retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, rare drug toxicities, immune retinopathy, retinal infection, and glaucomatous optic neuropathy. In the brain migraine, and certain types of stroke can cause a loss of peripheral vision. Transient obscurations of vision may be low blood pressure. An eye examination with dilation should identify the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Dim Peripheral Vision (Overview)

Dim peripheral vision, also called tunnel vision, is a clinical finding in which a person loses vision at the periphery but retains his central vision.


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I sometimes see bright lights in my peripheral vision. What does it mean?

I sometimes see bright lights in my peripheral vision.  What does it mean?

Flashing lights: Some flashing lights are caused by a retinal tear or hole. You should consider seeing a local ophthalmologist if the flashing continues, since not all flashes are benign. Retinal tears can lead to retinal detachments, which can cause blindness. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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How come when I look at the sky, stars are brighter in my peripheral vision. When I look directly at them they are dimmed.

How come when I look at the sky, stars are brighter in my peripheral vision. When I look directly at them they are dimmed.

Macular Problem?: Possibly you have some macular problem, ie. edema, degeneration or defect. Also, you could have central posterior subcapsular cataracts. Are both eyes the same phenomenon? My suggestion would be to see a retinal specialist ophthalmologist for best dilated examination and diagnoses. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for peripheral vision?

Peripheral vision: There is no treatment to improve peripheral vision. You should be evaluated if you are noticing issues with it though. ...Read more

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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Try a tablet or ebook reader for reading
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If you have cataracts, have them treated
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How should i cure myself of peripheral vision loss.I am 78 years old and 10 yrs ago , i had both my eyes operated for cataract by the lasik laser .?

How should  i cure myself of peripheral vision loss.I am 78 years old and 10 yrs ago , i had both my eyes operated for cataract by the lasik laser .?

Peripheral: There are several reasons for peripheral vision loss-- they include glaucoma, retinal diseases, trauma, and cataract surgery. The implant placed inside the eye is smaller in diameter than the cataract. Thus, the effective viewing area is smaller, and the peripheral vision is reduced. Glaucoma is treated with eye drops, laser, or surgery. Retinal diseases are treated depending on the cause... ...Read more

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30 percent optic nerve damage due to open angle glaucoma pressure 31. With treatment is it likely loss of peripheral vision will be prevented?

30 percent optic nerve damage due to open angle glaucoma pressure 31.  With treatment is it likely loss of peripheral vision will be prevented?

Glaucoma progression: Treatment with drops, laser, or surgery can reduce the chance of worsening glaucomatous peripheral vision loss. It is extremely important to have regular visits with your eye doctor to determine the best treatment to reduce your risks. ...Read more

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Baseline pressure is 28 & threshold is 19. No peripheral vision loss minimal optic nerve damage. Want to avoid eye drops.Can slt drop pressure to 19?

Baseline pressure is 28 & threshold is 19. No peripheral vision loss minimal optic nerve damage.  Want to avoid eye drops.Can slt drop pressure to 19?

Possible: If you want to avoid drops, it is definitely worth trying slt first. Slt is a viable first line treatment for glaucoma. A 30% reduction in pressure is possible, which would bring your pressure down between 19 and 20. Even if you needed drops in addition to slt, you would require less drops to achieve your target pressure. ...Read more

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Why is it that i get peripheral vision distortion?

Why is it that i get peripheral vision distortion?

Peripheral vision: While this can be normal if it happens for a few minutes at the end of extreme exercise, most of the time it is abnormal. Serious conditions like glaucoma and retinal detachment can cause this. See a specialist eye MD and get checked out. ...Read more

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How come when I look at the sky, stars are brighter in my peripheral vision. When I look directly at them they are dimmed.

Macular Problem?: Possibly you have some macular problem, ie. edema, degeneration or defect. Also, you could have central posterior subcapsular cataracts. Are both eyes the same phenomenon? My suggestion would be to see a retinal specialist ophthalmologist for best dilated examination and diagnoses. ...Read more

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Why do we have peripheral vision?

Why do we have peripheral vision?

Early warning: Central vision is for fine detail - reading, face recognition, etc. Peripheral vision, of low acuity, is sensitive to motion and serves to provide early warning of threats from the sides and also provides orientation to the major features of the visual space. With no peripheral vision (called tunnel vision) you cannot drive, or easily walk around, etc. ...Read more

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Causes of loss of peripheral vision?

Retina-optic nerve: Peripheral vision loss may be a retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, rare drug toxicities, immune retinopathy, retinal infection, and glaucomatous optic neuropathy. In the brain migraine, and certain types of stroke can cause a loss of peripheral vision. Transient obscurations of vision may be low blood pressure. An eye examination with dilation should identify the cause. ...Read more

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What is distorted peripheral vision?

What is distorted peripheral vision?

Migraine??: The big issue is whether it is a transient or permanent problem. Regardless, a full exam with visual field testing should help you sort out the possible cause. Migraine is most common transient type. In elderly patients you also have to assess for insufficient ocular blood flow (amarosis). ...Read more

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What causes loss of peripheral vision?

What causes loss of peripheral vision?

Many possibilities: Many things can cause loss of peripheral (side) vision: glaucoma is the most likely. Ocular pressure rise causes vascular and optic nerve damage. Another is a tumor or aneurysm near the pituitary gland, compressing the nerves from the eye as they first join and then re-divide on the way to the back of the brain. Oculo-vascular occlusions can do the same although most often this is only in one eye. ...Read more

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What causes a streak of light in your peripheral vision?

Shaking of retina: The retina only has nerves of vision and if something shakes it, you will notice a light streak. This can happen occasionally spontaneously. And also in relationship to the aging of the vitreous within the eye. If the light streaks happen one after another even with the eyes shut, then you should have an evaluation to rule out more serious conditions. ...Read more

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Loss of peripheral vision from droopy lids?

Loss of peripheral vision from droopy lids?

Sometimes: If the upper eyelid skin becomes very redundant and hangs over the lashes that can reduce the peripheral vision. This can be detected in a visual field test. This is one of the common reasons that eyelid surgery -blepharoplasty- is performed. ...Read more

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Why can cause hallucinations in my peripheral vision?

Why can cause hallucinations in my peripheral vision?

Positive visual: Sometimes people with migraine headaches or occipital partial onset seizures have a visual sensation of lights or distortions in the peripheral vision. Key questions are whether a headache follows them and whether they are the same symptoms every time. ...Read more

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How does central vision differ from peripheral vision?

Different functions: Central vision is designed for fine detail, depth and color perception. Peripheral vision is designed for motion detection. ...Read more

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Why are contacts lenses' peripheral vision blurry for me?

Why are contacts lenses' peripheral vision blurry for me?

Mult reasons: Either: 1. They don't cover your eyes completely, or. 2. The refraction isn't completely around the edge (doubt). ...Read more

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Are there glasses for programmers to block peripheral vision?

Are there glasses for programmers to block peripheral vision?

Maybe so: Computer programmers have needs that are different from other computer users. Age and need for glasses also play important roles. The stronger the prescription need, the more peripheral distortion exists. There are several glasses that come either with "blinders" or wrap-around lenses. Your optometrist or optician can likely build or modify a pair of glasses to accomplish your goal. ...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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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