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Two eye drs. Looking at visual field test result. One dr says it is normal & other says there's peripheral vision loss. Why the difference of opinion?

Two eye drs. Looking at visual field test result. One dr says it is normal & other says there's peripheral vision loss. Why the difference of opinion?

Interpretation: Interpretation of visual field change is somewhat subjective. As many as 5 cosequetive visual fields are necessary to show change over time. Peripheral changes can have a lot of "noise" in deciding whether or not it is real defect or not. Repetition of field testing and confirmation of defect over time is more accurate. Even then, there are many factors that can interfere in vf assessment. ...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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What could be causing occasional and temporary severe blurriness in peripheral vision in one of eyes?

What could be causing occasional and temporary severe blurriness in peripheral vision in one of eyes?

Many causes: It is best to have an ophthalmologist exam your eyes. Could be as
simple as dryness or as serious as a retina problem. ...Read more

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Recovered from TIA except for loss of peripheral vision in left eye and the left side of right. Experiencing further sight loss. Is this usual?

Recovered from TIA except for loss of peripheral vision in left eye and the left side of right. Experiencing further sight loss. Is this usual?

No: It is not normal. Often visual loss after stroke is permanent or get better over time. If your vision is degrading, you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can trauma to the eye cause a loss of peripheral vision?

Can trauma to the eye cause a loss of peripheral vision?

Yes: Depending on the type of eye trauma and what part of the eye is damaged, there can certainly be loss of peripheral vision. Any new vision loss should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can atropine drops correct an eye that has peripheral vision loss from a hemispherectomy?

Can atropine drops correct an eye that has peripheral vision loss from a hemispherectomy?

Not really: Remember that the visual loss does not originate in the eye (think of a normal video camera as the eye) but in the brain (think of a bad video cable sending only half the message). Opening up the lens aperture wider does not send an image through the defective portion of the cable. ...Read more

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I am experiencing eye pain (side: deep eye pain, right) (quality: deep eye pain), change in vision, vision loss (quality: peripheral vision loss)...

I am experiencing eye pain (side: deep eye pain, right) (quality: deep eye pain), change in vision, vision loss (quality: peripheral vision loss)...

This sounds like a: Medical emergency. You need to be seen and evaluated as quickly as possible. Call your eye doctor or go to an emergency facility as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I believe I am having peripheral vision loss in my left eye. Should I see an opthamalogist or an optometrist.?

I believe I am having peripheral vision loss in my left eye. Should I see an opthamalogist or an optometrist.?

Ophthalmologist: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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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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Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

The risk is very low: An epiretinal membrane is a common finding in 60 y/o female and typically remain visually insignificant. If it becomes visually significant, surgical treatment is very successful. Mild glaucoma is very treatable, and with appropriate followup and treatment, peripheral vision loss can be prevented. Central loss is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Please answer! What would cause you to lose peripheral vision in one eye?

Please answer! What would cause you to lose peripheral vision in one eye?

Many things: An acute loss of peripheral vision requires an urgent dilated retinal examination to examine the retina and optic nerve for damage. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Cause of white flashes in peripheral vision in just one eye? They aren't happening anymore, but did earlier today. I don't get migraines. Had no pain.

Flashing: Seeing Flashing lights: due to either traction of the vitreous gel in the eye on the retina (which is an extension of the brain & makes the brain sense flashes); if you have new floaters or "see" a curtain coming over your vision, see eyeMD asap. Ophthalmic migraines are visual symptoms (like seeing flashing lights) without a headache. See your eyeMD to be sure it is not a new retinal hole/tear. ...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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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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Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

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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I had the test for cushings and it came back negative. But I am still having double vision, peripheral vision loss head aches, what should I do?

I had the test for cushings and it came back negative. But I am still having double vision, peripheral vision loss head aches, what should I do?

Ask your primary: Care doctor about referral to a neurologist & an ophthalmologist, an M.D. eye doctor, for further evaluation of your unexplained symptoms. ...Read more

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In both eyes I can sense flickering in my peripheral vision even when looking at natural daylight. Ophth exam all ok. Worried it's a neurology problem?

In both eyes I can sense flickering in my peripheral vision even when looking at natural daylight. Ophth exam all ok. Worried it's a neurology problem?

Flashes of light: In the presence of a completely normal ophthalmologic exam..... Persistent flashes of light could be a neurological condition called ophthalmic migraine. Seek out a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis and rule out a retinal condition. ...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.

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 have had a TIA. Now my peripheral vision on my right side, in both eyes, is gone. Might it come back to normal?

See your eye doctor: For best answers & further work up. Depends on where the clots were traveling during your TIA. If they went into the optic nerve, it can affect your vision & the eye doctor can do extra tests to check how the health of your optic nerve is right now & give you better answers to your specific situation & alleviate ur fears. Usually TIA is better than having an actual stroke, but needs to be assessed. ...Read more

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When open eyes after shut for some time, peripheral vision flickers for few secs if surroundings are mix of light&dark;10yr now. Oph exam fine. Brain?

When open eyes after shut for some time, peripheral vision flickers for few secs if surroundings are mix of light&dark;10yr now. Oph exam fine. Brain?

Not brain: If the changes only last a few seconds, it is the vitreous gel in your eye as the cause
brain vision center can cause peripheral lights to appear, but they last 15-30 minutes ...Read more

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I've had a flash in peripheral vision right eye for about 4 months, every day 1-3 times/day. Eye dr said he doesn't see anything. What else could it be?

I've had a flash in peripheral vision right eye for about 4 months, every day 1-3 times/day. Eye dr said he doesn't see anything. What else could it be?

Flash of light: Seizure? Cholesterol emboli that moves on? blood clot from heart or artery in next that is small and moves on. Any Hx of trauma to eye? If persists go back to Eye Dr. Let us know what they find. ...Read more

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Could monovision narrow peripheral vision. I use right eye for distance.

No: Monovision primarily affects the central vision. The contacts do not alter the peripheral perception in either eye so narrowing, if it is actually occurring, might be due to something that needs investigation. In that case see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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My left eye has slightly moved inward. It's moderately painful. When I look to the left my peripheral vision gets cloudy. Can I still sleep?

My left eye has slightly moved inward. It's moderately painful. When I look to the left my peripheral vision gets cloudy. Can I still sleep?

Concerned for you: Abrupt onset of visual changes combined with abnormal eye movement is a very concerning combination. Since these symptoms could be a result of serious illness, it would be wise to seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I got blurred peripheral vision in my right eye. It lasted about 15 minutes. It happened once before about 6 months ago. I don't get migraines.

Sounds like...: ...something you should see your doctor about. It may have been nothing or it may have been something, possibly serious. There's no way to know more from the minimal information in your 26-word post. If it IS a problem, could be a brain problem, could be an eye problem. That's the first thing you have to figure out. ...Read more

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The last couple months, I see slow flashes of light in my peripheral vision in right eye. It lasts a few seconds and goes away when I move my eyes?

The last couple months, I see slow flashes of light in my peripheral vision in right eye. It lasts a few seconds and goes away when I move my eyes?

When rt eye closed?: How do you know it's in your right EYE (as opposed to right FIELD of VISION)? Do the flashes of light (fol) go away when you close the right eye? Do the fol only appear on the right side of your body? Both eyes contribute to the sense of vision on the right side. Either retina could've detached, or you could've some other problem. 1st step: See an ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam. Good luck ...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