Peripheral vision loss

What is peripheral vision loss?

Try staring straight forwards without moving your head or eyes. Become aware of the objects around you – left, right, above and below. These objects lie outside of your central field of vision, and this is your peripheral vision. Peripheral vision loss is the loss of vision beyond your central point of view and is sometimes referred to as tunnel vision.

What causes peripheral vision loss?

Peripheral vision loss is mainly linked to nerve damage, which can be triggered by a number of things. These include:

  • A detached retina
  • Brain damage from a disease, injury or stroke
  • Concussion
  • Papilledema (when the head of an optic nerve is compressed)
  • Eye strokes or occlusions

How is peripheral vision loss treated?

The treatment given depends on the severity of your peripheral vision loss, and what caused the issue. In the case of vision loss from say glaucoma, eye drops and laser surgery may stop the condition from deteriorating. In cases of brain damage for example, the effects may be long-term and possibly irreversible.

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