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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Peripheral Vision Loss (Overview)

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 sense of "tunnel vision".


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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

Dr. Lonnie Smith
50 doctors shared insights

Peripheral Vision Loss (Overview)

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 sense of "tunnel vision".


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I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

Treatment: Of glaucoma is individualized. For each, a target pressure is set depending on the untreated pressure (usually 30% lower). Then the ophthalmologist adds treatment until this is reached. More aggressive treatment means setting a lower goal and closer follow up. ...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)
Once
Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
Daily
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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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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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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Try a tablet or ebook reader for reading
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If you have cataracts, have them treated
Once
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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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Living with Hearing Loss (Checklist)

See an ENT doctor
Yearly
Get an audiogram
Yearly
Discuss the results of audiogram with your ENT
Yearly
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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

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


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