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What is the difference between visual field loss and peripheral vision loss?

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Dr. Keshav Narain
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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In brief: Visual field loss vs

The visual field is the entire area of vision whereas peripheral vision is a subset of the field.

In brief: Visual field loss vs

The visual field is the entire area of vision whereas peripheral vision is a subset of the field.
Dr. Keshav Narain
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Dr. Vernon Barton
Peripheral means off to the side.
Dr. Larry Maturani
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
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In brief: Location of loss

A visual field loss can occur any where in the visual field including peripheraly.
We have several muscles that move the eye: superior/laterial/medial rectus, sup/inf oblique and a few others. When you have a loss of vision looking far left or far right this is peripheral visual loss in the visual field. When looking up/down or straight ahead this is also a visual field loss different location.

In brief: Location of loss

A visual field loss can occur any where in the visual field including peripheraly.
We have several muscles that move the eye: superior/laterial/medial rectus, sup/inf oblique and a few others. When you have a loss of vision looking far left or far right this is peripheral visual loss in the visual field. When looking up/down or straight ahead this is also a visual field loss different location.
Dr. Larry Maturani
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Vision loss

Your visual field is your entire field of vision out of the eye.
Loss of any part of that field would be considered visual field loss, it could be central, superior, inferior, nasal, temporal, para central (near the central), anywhere. Peripheral pertains to the far peripheral not the central, all but about the central 10-15 degrees of vision. Usually refers to the loss starting in the far periphe.

In brief: Vision loss

Your visual field is your entire field of vision out of the eye.
Loss of any part of that field would be considered visual field loss, it could be central, superior, inferior, nasal, temporal, para central (near the central), anywhere. Peripheral pertains to the far peripheral not the central, all but about the central 10-15 degrees of vision. Usually refers to the loss starting in the far periphe.
Dr. Michael Ham
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