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What is tunnel vision?

What is tunnel vision?

Loss of peripheral: In tunnel vision, the peripheral portions of the retina lose their sensitivity and only the central portion remains (a tunnel straight ahead). Most often found in inherited degenerations like retinitis pigmentosa, some drugs can do this as well as rare retiinal infections. Advanced tunnel vision is very handicapping as victims cannot see their feet, or objects in view. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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What causes tunnel vision?

What causes tunnel vision?

Many causes: Many disorders can cause tunnel vision. The most common are migraines, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa. ...Read more

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How can you cure tunnel vision?

How can you cure tunnel vision?

Unlikely: Most tunnel vision if persistent, is due to inherited or acquired photoreceptor damage or loss and is permanent. There is currently no known cure, so you will have to adapt with low vision training and assistance. You should start with your ophthalmologist who can refer you to proper resources in your community. ...Read more

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What is tunnel vision and how bad is it?

What is tunnel vision and how bad is it?

Restricted field: Tunnel vision is when the vision outside the central axis is impaired or lost. It is typical for some inherited conditions and occurs in advanced diseases like glaucoma and diabetes. It is quite handicapping even if the central vision is fine and if less than about 10 degrees may require a seeing eye dog. ...Read more

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What causes tunnel vision and blurry areas?

Glaucoma: Glaucoma affects the peripheral vision and patients with a very advance glaucoma have what we call" tunnel vision".
Glaucoma is a silent disease and without proper screening can advance and affect your vision. Comprehensive eye exams will help detect it. ...Read more

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How to know if I have tunnel vision or not?

Test yourself: Tunnel vision amounts to being only to see things ahead of yourself as if you are looking through the central core of, for instance, a paper towel roll. You can easily compare your side vision to that of a friend who presumably has normal vision. If you have tunnel vision, it is probably from some pathology of the eyes and you need an ophthalmologist to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why do I have tunnel vision from getting up?

Blood flow: If you are flat and then get up, it could be from sudden blood flow leaving the head due to gravity. Dehydration, blood pressure, and some medications can cause it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tunnel vision or not?

Check vision: Tunnel vision is a condition in which the peripheral vision is constricted and only the central portion remains. It occurs in some inherited diseases and some vascular events. You can check yourself by moving a light in from the peripheral. It should be seen partially behind the ears, but if you can see it only when the light is almost in front of you, then it might be tunneling. ...Read more

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Do people pass out when they get tunnel vision?

Unlikely: Tunnel vision is most common after inherited retinal degenerations. It can occur in advanced ocular disease like glaucoma. In these cases it is gradual and fainting is not associated. If tunneling is acute due to vascular insult like embolic passage, then fainting is possible if the tunnel vision is accompanied by emboli in the brain or if it is due to loss of blood pressure causing fainting. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get disability for having tunnel vision?

Tunnel vision: What is the cause of your tunnel vision? If the problems impairs you such that you cannot do activities of daily living or normal things you would do in society or if it impacts your ability to do job tasks then it may be judged to be disabling. ...Read more

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I get tunnel vision then can't see some times. What is wrong with me?

I get tunnel vision then can't see some times. What is wrong with me?

Ocular migraine: Ocular migraines can as well as poor blood flow to the occipital lobes of the brain. Both of theses would explain the vision loss of both eyes at the same time. If only one eye is affected it could be a retinal migraine or transient central retinal artery occlusion, with cilio-retinal artery sparing of the central vision. See an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I ve what I wish to describe as tunnel vision, and it causes problems in life, please can u advice of causes of this and any way to clear this issue? Tks

I ve what I wish to describe as tunnel vision, and it causes problems in life, please can u advice of causes of this and any way to clear this issue? Tks

Tunnel vision: Tunnel vision or visual field defects can be due to many issues and some can be serious and/or life-threatening. Go see an eye doctor asap. ...Read more

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Tunnel vision after smoking. How common?

Tunnel vision after smoking. How common?

Not common: Clearly your body is warning you about the ill effects of smoking and this is your chance to eliminate this toxic and expensive practice from your life. It also depends upon what you are smoking. If persistent you may need an ophthalmological examination. ...Read more

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Tunnel vision was pilot's problem. Do others get it?

Possible: If the tunnel vision was a temporary problem caused by hypoxia, then others on aboard could experience it during low oxygen conditions. If it is due to a retinal problem affecting the pilot, then no. ...Read more

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Any ideas why tunnel vision happens? Can it be cured?

See an eye doctor: There are many reasons. You must see an eye doctor for a full examination to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How can a pilot train himself to not have tunnel vision?

Depends: Tunnel vision is a condition where you have difficulty seeing objects at the edges of the normal field of vision. Tunnel vision can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, in which case it usually cannot be reversed. Altitude sickness and very high accelerations lasting for more than one second can cause a temporary case of tunnel vision in pilots. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a cure for tunnel vision?

No: Most cases of true "tunnel vision" are based on psychological reasons. However, loss of peripheral vision can be due to a number of causes and do not ...Read more

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Why do I feel drugged or tunnel vision while driving at night?

Have ur eyes checked: Tunnel vision is not a good sign of visual health. So if it is occurring at night, you should see your eye doctor, and have your visual fields checked. Also, it may be an indicator of your circulation to your eyes. Be sure to have your blood pressure checked morning and night, to make sure your pressure isn't low at night. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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What mental disorder could cause a feeling of internal tunnel vision?

What mental disorder could cause a feeling of internal tunnel vision?

Panic disorder: A panic attack is caused by a discharge of the sympathetic nervous system: the result is rapid heart beat and breathing, numbness of extremities, and faintness. ...Read more

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What can cause tunnel vision and lightheadedness every time I stand up?

Get medical help: These symptoms related to a change in position may be from an abrupt drop in blood pressure when standing. This can be medication related, or could be cardiac in nature. Sometimes increased intracranial pressure can cause symptoms like this. ...Read more

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Whenever I stand up I get tunnel vision and a headache. What could it be?

Whenever I stand up I get tunnel vision and a headache. What could it be?

Several things: You may have what is known as postural hypotension. In other words, you have low blood pressure that gets even lower when you stand up. Also, some people have low intracranial pressure that will cause headaches when they stand upright after laying down. ...Read more

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Would it be unhealthy to have tunnel vision when waking up from anesthesia?

Thanks for asking!: Various issues with vision can occur soon after waking up from general anesthesia. In few minutes all those disappear. If you have continuous symptoms, please consult you physician. ...Read more

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So I have anxiety and my vision just gets bad. I've had tunnel vision but it goes away, but the things I see is like pink vibrant dots or circles, why?

So I have anxiety and my vision just gets bad. I've had tunnel vision but it goes away, but the things I see is like pink vibrant dots or circles, why?

Hyperventilation: It sound like when you are anxious you may be hyperventilating or using shallow breathing. This can cause you to become lightheaded and have blurred vision and ultimately may lead to cramps or pins and needles in the hands/ feet and around the mouth. You may want to learn how to breath properly when stressed from either meditation or yoga. Meditation may be very helpful for you! ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness fainting and tunnel vision?

What are the causes of dizziness fainting and tunnel vision?

BP problem: Usually this is a postural hypotensive issue that can occur if you are anemic or have a weakly responsive vascular system to such activities as standing up after crouching or sitting for a long time. If this is consistent, and the vision recovers fully in between, then your family doctor should be contacted for an analysis of your cardiovascular system. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness that like you are up high and tunnel vision?

Many things: Vasospasm in the posterior circulation of the brain can do this. We see this with basilar migraine, HV syndrome, concussion, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, etc.
If it happens more than once let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Dizzy frequently and tunnel vision?

Dizzy frequently and tunnel vision?

Low blood pressure?: If the symptoms are reliably triggered by changes in position (e.g. standing from a seated or lying position), they may represent orthostatic hypotension, a drop in blood pressure brought on by movement. Your PCP can confirm this and help narrow down causes, such as dehydration, heart trouble, or neuropathy. ...Read more

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What is tunnel vision and temporary blindness?

What is tunnel vision and temporary blindness?

Tunnel vision: Tunnel vision (also known as kalnienk vision) is the loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision, resulting in a constricted circular tunnel-like field of vision. ...Read more

Dr. John Gillespie
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Tunnel Vision (Definition)

Tunnel vision = reduced visual field resulting ...Read more