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Conditions that Affect Peripheral Vision

Sep 5, 2017 @ 08:03 AM — by Jeffrey Schultz
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Peripheral vision is the field of vision that surrounds the central field of vision. It's the field of vision people refer to when they see something out of “the corner of their eye.” For those who have poor peripheral vision, it can feel like they are seeing the world through a tunnel.

At Lifetime Eye Care, we use the latest technology to provide comprehensive eye care and correct a wide range of vision problems, including poor peripheral vision. Part of treating poor peripheral vision requires determining the underlying condition causing vision issues. Let's take a closer look at some common conditions that affect peripheral vision. For more information, contact Cleveland, OH eye doctor Jeffrey E. Schultz. 

The Signs of Poor Peripheral Vision

Poor peripheral vision is characterized by difficulty seeing things outside of the central field of vision. Commonly called “tunnel vision,” poor peripheral vision can make it seem as though you're looking through a tunnel.

For some people with poor peripheral vision, central vision is unaffected. Other signs of poor peripheral vision may include difficulty seeing in low light, or difficulty with spatial awareness, which may impact the ability to walk.

Conditions that Affect Peripheral Vision

Poor peripheral vision has several potential causes, some of which include:

Treatment for Poor Peripheral Vision

Unlike some vision issues, poor peripheral vision cannot be corrected with regular eyeglasses. However, some people with poor peripheral vision may benefit from eyeglasses with prism lenses.

When it comes to improving poor peripheral vision, the best course of action is to determine the underlying cause of peripheral vision issues. Treating the underlying cause of poor peripheral vision can help prevent further damage and, in some cases, improve vision.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have poor peripheral vision, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schultz to learn more about your treatment options.