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What Are The Symptoms Of Going Blind
I looked at the sunset with binoculars for 1 or less seconds by accident. Can I go blind? What can happen? What should I look for as symptoms? :(
No: Staring at the sun or other sources of bright light can cause solar retinopathy. This is a condition where the photo-receptors in the center of the retina become damaged, limiting the visual acuity. It cannot lead to total blindness. If you have no symptoms of decreased vision at this time, i would not be concerned. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In Eye of beholder: Vision is divided into central and peripheral types. Symptoms of central visual problems include blurriness/fuzziness of objects despite best efforts to focus on them down the center. Trouble seeing things to the side or bumping into things may signal trouble in the periphery. Flashes of light, dulling of colors, inability to correct vision with glasses and failing night vision are other symptoms. ...Read more
Get an eye exam: First, if you are having eye pain you should get an eye exam. Sometimes it doesn't even come from the eyes themselves, but rather sinuses, etc. Only with an exam can you get a diagnosis, or at least the reassurance that your eyes are ok. Second, most eye problems are treatable and do not lead to blindness except in the worst cases. But, if there is no diagnosis, there can be no treatment. ...Read more
Color loss: Certain colors such as green and red may be difficult to distinguish while others such as blue and yellow may not. I suggest you read the book by oliver sacks, M.D. Called the "island of the colorblind." his insight is fantastic as both a neurologist and one who had experienced occasional bouts of colorblindness associated with ocular migraines. ...Read more
Not much: If an eye is truly blind, in most cases, there is no way to reverse the loss of vision. If only in one eye, you should be extra careful with the other eye, and be examined frequently. The "symptom" of true blindness is lack of light perception but there are varying degrees of vision loss, some of which can be improved with treatment. ...Read more
Peripheral vision: Night blindness - usually means deficiency of vision in low light situations, like finding a seat in a dark movie theater, bumping into things in the dark. There is an effect on the rods, or light and dark sensing cells in the retina. A specialized test can be done to make sure these cells are working well, it's called a (dark adapted) electro-retinogram. ...Read more
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