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Side vision loss affects eyesight outside the central field of vision, as a result of damage to the eye’s structures or a section of the brain responsible for sensory input.This damage may occur in conjunction with conditions affecting the rest of the body, or in the absence of any external complications.It can occur in one eye or both. Loss of side vision encompasses eyesight to the sides and above and below our central line of vision. It can occur suddenly or gradually, so it may be difficult to detect.
While peripheral vision loss can sometimes be congenital, occur secondary to eye injuries or optic nerve damage, result from a stroke, or from medications, it is most frequently caused by degenerative eye diseases such as Glaucoma:
The following are common signs or indicators of peripheral vision loss. It should be noted that there are people who experience no symptoms.
While it would seem that the most apparent sign would be a loss or reduction of side vision, this may not be as readily apparent as changes to the central field of vision. Loss of side vision may be harder to detect.
If you experience a loss of side vision, or are uncertain if it is deteriorating, make an appointment with our low vision optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam and to begin an early treatment plan. Depending on the findings, our low vision optometrist may recommend an evaluation with other specialists to rule out other medical complications.
Testing for peripheral visual impairment may include:
Low vision optometrists are uniquely equipped to treat low vision disorders. Since the deficits of such complications are often irreversible, treatment for such complications are focused on improving the patient's visual fields and includes the use of special visual devices along with rehabilitation therapy to learn to maximize remaining vision.There are primarily two effective ways to assist peripheral vision loss:
Additional devices and options include the use of good lighting, assistive technologies, and optimal use of settings on hardware devices, which enable personalized modifications of brightness, lighting, contrast, and magnification.
While low vision can be congenital (from birth) or secondary to optic nerve injury, degenerative eye conditions such as glaucoma are responsible for most cases of side vision loss. With proper use of vision devices such as prisms, and vision rehabilitation therapy, people with low vision deficits are able to continue with many of their daily activities and enjoy a high quality of life. If you are experiencing signs of side vision loss, contact our low vision optometrist to schedule an appointment for an eye examination. Patients with low vision visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.
I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.
Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.
Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.
Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.
The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.
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