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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Peripheral Vision Loss

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Peripheral vision loss and dizzy?

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

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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Is peripheral vision loss symmetrical?

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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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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What could auras, vision blackouts, sparkles in vision and vision loss indicate?

What could auras, vision blackouts, sparkles in vision and vision loss indicate?

Auras, visual issues: Indicate the need to see an eye doctor or your family doc ASAP. The sooner this is treated the less likely it is to create permanent damage. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sudden loss of peripheral vision in left eye followed by headache.?

Migraine is likely: If this was short term, it is probably an occipital migraine. If longer lasting it might be a stroke. You should seek your ophthalmologist the first time this happens to rule out something serious. ...Read more

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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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Head injury cause loss/blurred peripheral vision?

Head injury cause loss/blurred peripheral vision?

Yes: If you have a head injury with loss of peripheral vision, go immediately to the er. This could be a life-threatening injury to the brain. ...Read more

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Temporary loss of peripheral vision followed by a migraine?

Temporary loss of peripheral vision followed by a migraine?

Occipital migraine: In this type of migraine, there is a loss of a portion up to all of the vision of 1/2 of the field of vision of both eyes (check by covering one eye and then the other). Usually the greyed out loss has a shimmering surround which flickers until it disappears. These type of migraines are benign, short lasting (usually less than an hour), and cause no permanent change. No worry unless frequent. ...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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Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Disc Drusen: I am not aware of any association between optic nerve drusen and sudden unilateral vision loss from a vascular event. A vascular event should be evaluated and treated the same as if the disc drusen were not there. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Probably not: Glaucoma is readily treated with anti-pressure medication which should prevent any further damage in almost all cases. This is handled by ophthalmologists (you are not seeing an optometrist i hope?) who deal with this daily. There is a step ladder of treatments -- medication, laser, surgery to prevent further damage which can be quite effective. ...Read more

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Sudden loss of peripheral vision-- please help!?

Seek help: Vision may be lost peripherally from disasters within the eye such as retinal detachment or vascular occlusion; or from strokes in the brain in the occipital lobe or the pituitary region; or from systemic vascular collapse, drug toxicity or poisoning. You need to immediately see an ophthalmologist for this as some of these are extremely urgent and can affect both eyes. ...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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Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

Not typical!: Optic nerve he'd drusens are associated with field loss sometimes, but they are chronic and stable. I am not aware of them being associated with sudden loss. Look for a different cause! depending on the that, it may or may not be reversible (most likely not). ...Read more

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Glaucoma with 30% optic nerve damage. No peripheral vision loss. For patient to notice peripheral vision loss, how much nerve damage must there be?

Glaucoma with 30% optic nerve damage. No peripheral vision loss.  For patient to notice peripheral vision loss, how much nerve damage must there be?

Variable: This depends upon the sensitivity of the nerves under the stress of the elevated pressure in the eye. Some will loss measurable amounts of vision at 30% damage, others require more loss to detect it. There is good adaptation so it takes a sensitive person to best detect loss. Best to get treatment and avoid any loss at all. ...Read more

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Can brain lesion cause peripheral vision loss?

Can brain lesion cause peripheral vision loss?

Yes: Different locations of brain lesions cause different patterns of visual field loss that can be detected through formal testing. ...Read more

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Can optic nerve head drusen cause vision loss?

Can optic nerve head drusen cause vision loss?

Sort of: Technically, visual field abnormality can be seen, however complete loss of vision is unheard of.... ...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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What could cause optic nerve swelling, pressure headaches, and peripheral vision loss?

What could cause optic nerve swelling, pressure headaches, and peripheral vision loss?

Papilledema: You could have papilledema which is optic nerve swelling due to elevated intracranial pressure. You should see an ophthalmologist or neurologist right away to be examined. ...Read more

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What might cause temporary blurriness in peripheral vision?

What might cause temporary blurriness in peripheral vision?

Many things!: Changes in vision, blurriness, blind spots, halos around lights, or dimness of vision should always be evaluated by a medical professional. Such changes may represent an eye disease, aging, eye injury, or a condition like diabetes that affects many organs in your body. Other potential causes of vision problems include fatigue, overexposure to the outdoors and certain medications. ...Read more

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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