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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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Why do I suddenly have small spots floating in my peripheral vision? A few weeks ago I noticed little black spots floating in my peripheral vision. At first I kept mistaking it for little gnats, but I realized it was just spots. It looks like the floati

Why do I suddenly have small spots floating in my peripheral vision? A few weeks ago I noticed little black spots floating in my peripheral vision. At first I kept mistaking it for little gnats, but I realized it was just spots. It looks like the floati

The: The back of the eye is filled with a jelly call vitreous. As we get older it tends to break up and clump into little floaters. These often present similiarly to your description. Most of the time these go away with time. It is a good idea to get an eye exam if this is a new problem becuase a few patients with this problem can develop a retinal detachment. Although commonly referred to as floaters the fancy name for this is a posterior vitreous detachment. A link to the page at the american academy of ophthalmology below goes into more detail. Other problems can present as above but this is the most common finding when a patient presents with a similiar story.

http://www. Geteyesmart. Org/eyesmart/diseases/floaters-flashes. Cfm. ...Read more

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I took hydroxychloroquine and got vision field test. I have gray spots in my peripheral vision. What does that mean? Are they permanent? Are there any fixes for it?

I took hydroxychloroquine and got vision field test. I have gray spots in my peripheral vision. What does that mean? Are they permanent? Are there any fixes for it?

Caught early--No: Hydroxychloroquine can have ocular side effect ranging from blurred vision to distorted color perception. Side effects are usually dose and time related. Peripheral defects on a central 10-2 visual with a red target light are usually reversible. 10-2 defects with a white fixation light are of more concern. Often pigment changes can be seen in your retina ask your dr. What changes you have. ...Read more

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Can the sun damage peripheral vision? I was looking at something for about 20 seconds, and it was in my vision. Later there was a spot in my vision.

Can the sun damage peripheral vision? I was looking at something for about 20 seconds, and it was in my vision. Later there was a spot in my vision.

Yes and no: The focused sun on the retina (any part) will cause damage, often permanent. If you concentrated on looking at something, holding your eye still, something in peripheral view that focuses light on the peripheral retina might have caused damage leading to that spot. The eye gets pain and a strong avoidance reaction to bright light and sun, so this is quite rare except the conditions in eclipse ...Read more

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Left eye peripheral vision gets yellow moving spot along with peripheral vision black out. Docs says retina is OK. Mild pain in eye as well. Help!!

Left eye peripheral vision gets yellow moving spot along with peripheral vision black out. Docs says retina is OK. Mild pain in eye as well. Help!!

Probably migraine: Your peripheral moving yellow fringe spots with adjacent darkened areas w/ mild ocular discomfort sound migrainous in nature. Your retina doctor reviewed your eye & indicated your retina was fine & not the source of the disturbance which is reassuring. Yours symptoms are likely triggered by stressors. Speak to your family doctor for advice on how to manage these symptoms. ...Read more

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I am noticing heat waves rising from my peripheral vision (temporal and bottom) mostly in left eye in dark. They are continuous. Don't see after sleep?

I am noticing heat waves rising from my peripheral vision (temporal and bottom) mostly in left eye in dark. They are continuous. Don't see after sleep?

Get checked: Your profile suggests some eye and vision problems already, so you likely gave an ophthalmologist following you. If not, see one. I would be concerned that such specific areas of abnormal vision could relate to retinal problems. Quadrant vision loss and change can also occur with certain strokes. Best to get thorough history and dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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My peripheral vision is better than my central vision in the dark. Could that be so?

My peripheral vision is better than my central vision in the dark. Could that be so?

Yes: Because of the anatomy of the nerves of the eye you have a retina and a fovea and central vision and peripheral vision come from different nerves. Are you diabetic or have other health problems? See eye dr. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my peripheral vision is better than my central vision in the dark.?

Should I be concerned if my peripheral vision is better than my central vision in the dark.?

Normal: The peripheral retina which has more rods than cones does see better in the dark. The cones which inhabit the central retina need lights of light to work well. Rods work better in low light. ...Read more

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Lately I'm seeing small movements in my peripheral vision. It's like I'm seeing an insect running over surface or fly flying. But when I look nothing?

Lately I'm seeing small movements in my peripheral vision. It's like I'm seeing an insect running over surface or fly flying. But when I look nothing?

Floaters: Floaters are old cells some embryonic that are in the liquid of the eye. These are usually not pathologic but can be evaluated by an Ophthalmologist. If interfering with vision seek apt right away. If vision is good these will become ignored. ...Read more

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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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I can see my peripheral vision pulsate with my heartbeat when im in brightly lit rooms. What is this?

Lid effect: You are seeing the effect of narrowed lid opening off to the side responding to each arterial pulse. This is not an effect inside the eye./ This is a function of the excellent degree of your perceptions and not due to anything that is abnormal or pathologic. ...Read more

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I am24 & highly myopic. Yesterday I noticed that a very small source of light in complete dark room seemed blur to my peripheral vision. Is it normal?

I am24 & highly myopic. Yesterday I noticed that a very small source of light in complete dark room seemed blur to my peripheral vision. Is it normal?

Yes: Light adaptation in the dark consists of an increase in the number of functioning cones and a decrease in the number of functioning rods. This will cause a decrease in peripheral vision against the dark background. ...Read more

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I hav hyper sensitive peripheral vision if anyon siting next to me I can see him even when I am not directly look @ him. He find this very uncomfortab?

I hav hyper sensitive peripheral vision if anyon siting next to me I can see him even when I am not directly look @ him. He find this very uncomfortab?

It may be anxiety.: If you feel uncomfortable when you notice someone sitting next to you, you may need to understand what the cause of the discomfort is. Sometimes high blood pressure ; thyroid conditions can cause anxiety. See your doctor for an evaluation and a possible referral to a mental health specialist. It may be necessary to differentiate anxiety from paranoia. ...Read more

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I've started seeing things move in my peripheral vision. Not floaters, looks more like an insect or small animal. What could be causing this?

I've started seeing things move in my peripheral vision. Not floaters, looks more like an insect or small animal. What could be causing this?

Vitreous changes: Vitreous changes most likely (if cannot see something in mirror moving if look at eye in mirror or feel it). Very rarely a nematode can be found moving in vitreous so get exam with eyeMD ...Read more

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I see sometimes flash of white light in my left peripheral vision that looks like a moving circle or C, running from top to left corner.?

I see sometimes flash of white light in my left peripheral vision that looks like a moving circle or C, running from top to left corner.?

White light: The simple explanation lies in the pulling of the vitrous gel from the Retina-- they are frequently noticed as we age. If you suddenly notice an increased appearance of these white flashes, it could be an indication of a more serious condition (Retinal Detachment) and you should see an Opthamologist as soon as possible ...Read more

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I have very light 'constant' flickering (not flashes) in peripheral vision of both eyes (more in left) in dark since a week? Lattice review in 3 days.

I have very light 'constant' flickering (not flashes) in peripheral vision of both eyes (more in left) in dark since a week? Lattice review in 3 days.

See ophthalmologist: Flickers can be as simple as migraines or blood pressure changes, but can also be something like a retinal tear or hole which can quickly become an emergency. I highly suggest seeing an ophthalmologist for this as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I'm seeing a black line (like a strand of hair) in left side of peripheral vision 24/7. Went to hospital and they said it's cataract. Is that true?

Unlikely: This is almost certainly a change in the pattern of the vitreous gel in the back of your eye. This is an aging process called vitreous syneresis. Cataracts alter the vision by lowering the acuity and causing light glare, but they do not insert "lines" in the vision. If this worries you, see your ophthalmologist for confirmation. ...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