HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO TUNNEL VISION
Some people may experience slight tunnel vision if they overexert themselves without proper hydration or nutrition.This vision is usually not threatening and restores within seconds or minutes after resting and hydrating.
The biggest concern with losing your peripheral vision is glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve, leading to blind spots in your peripheral vision and eventually, if unchecked, full blindness. This will be one of the first conditions your doctor looks for, but you may have other problems as well. Tunnel vision can indicate a brain, cardiovascular, or neurological problem, such as a stroke, or neurological damage, or concussions. Or, it may be a detached retina, which may not be as life threatening as cardiovascular or brain conditions, but is still treated as a serious condition as it threatens you with blindness.
IS TUNNEL VISION PERMANENT?
Unfortunately, tunnel vision is virtually irreversible, though there are some instances where treatment regained peripheral vision. Prevention is the best way to keep your vision field clear. Since tunnel vision can develop over time, you may not realize there’s a problem until it’s severe. Regular eye examinations can determine whether or not you’re at risk for losing peripheral vision.
STOPPING TUNNEL VISION IN ITS TRACKS
If you’ve lost peripheral vision, do not lose hope! It may not be reversible, but your eye doctor can help you stop it in its tracks, maintaining the rest of your vision that remains. Furthermore, if your tunnel vision isn’t too severe, you may be a candidate for corrective eyewear. These special glasses are fitted with lenses designed to broaden your field of vision, so you can resume your daily tasks without any trouble.
Peripheral vision loss could indicate a life threatening condition or lead to blindness. If you’re experiencing tunnel vision, please call Silverstein Eye Care Centers today at (816) 358-3600 or request an appointment online.