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What You Should Know About Night Blindness

Our Optometrist in Timonium, explains About The Causes of Night Blindness

Our eye doctor can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness so that you can enjoy being out at night again.

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

  • Vitamin A Deficiency Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness.
  • Cataracts
    A buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.
  • Diabetic retinopathy
    Damage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.
  • Glaucoma
    This group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both Glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness.
  • Myopia
    Also called nearsightedness, Myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.
  • Keratoconus
    An irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
    A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.
  • Usher Syndrome
    This genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors.

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery.

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision.

Prevention

While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness.

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Azman Eye Care Specialists in Timonium to schedule your appointment today.

Book an eye exam at an eye clinic near you to learn more about your candidacy for contact lenses and which type is right for you.

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Frequently asked questions answered by our Eye Doctor in Timonium, Maryland:

  • What are the reasons for Cataract Removal?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

  • Why Diabetic Eye Exams are Essential?

    At present, one in 10 Americans has diabetes – and the trend is continuing upwards. While routine comprehensive eye exams are important for diagnosing the early signs of diabetes, that doesn’t mean eye exams become insignificant after diagnosis!

  • What is glaucoma?

    Glaucoma describes a type of ocular disease that causes damage to your optic nerve and destroys your quality of vision. With no early symptoms, glaucoma can only be detected by a complete eye examination. When left untreated, glaucoma can result in detrimental vision loss. When treated early by one of our professional, knowledgeable eye doctors, we can help preserve your healthy eyesight.

  • What is Myopia?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

 

Timonium LASIK – What to Expect After LASIK?

Taylor Swift got laser eye surgery!

LASIK is a popular way to escape the inconvenience of wearing prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. To get a better idea of what to expect from laser eye surgery, just ask Taylor Swift – she recently underwent this life-changing procedure. Or, read the following information that our eye clinic has to share about LASIK:

Is LASIK always successful?

Although there are no guarantees, laser eye surgery has an impressive success rate. A review of 97 studies showed that 99.5% of people who had LASIK went on to enjoy visual acuity better than 20/40, as published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. However, some people still have to wear glasses or contact lenses occasionally after laser eye surgery.

Certain factors affect whether LASIK is more or less successful:

  • The skill and experience of your eye surgeon
  • Your vision prescription; laser eye surgery is best at correcting low to moderate prescriptions (up to +6 diopters for farsightedness, up to 6 diopters of astigmatism (cylinder), and up to -12 diopters of nearsightedness)
  • Good ocular health and good overall health
  • Eye maturity – a stable vision prescription

What’s the recovery from LASIK?

Although laser eye surgery is done pretty quickly – taking about 30 minutes start-to-finish, the recovery is a bit longer than that. You may need to take painkillers immediately after the procedure to reduce discomfort. Many people also experience itching, burning, or the sensation that something is stuck in the eye.

Your eye clinic may provide you with a prescription for eye drops to moisturize your eyes and prevent infection. In addition, you may be given eye shields to wear while your eyes heal – like Taylor Swift was sporting in post-LASIK videos that her mom shared with the world! Eye shields will help you from accidentally rubbing your eyes before the cornea has a chance to heal. In fact, FDA guidelines recommend wearing an eye shield at night until about a month after LASIK.

Other recommendations for recovery include:

  • Don’t partake in any non-contact sports for the first few days after laser eye surgery
  • Wait about 2 weeks before applying lotion (including sunscreen) or make-up on or around your eyes
  • Sit on the sidelines instead of joining any contact sports games, which put you at risk of getting poked in the eye
  • Don’t swim or sit in a hot tub for 1-2 months after LASIK

Azman Eye Care Specialists Eye Doctor in Timonium, Maryland

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Is LASIK eye and vision surgery an option for you ? Our Timonium eye doctor is always ready to answer your questions about eye disease and Contact lenses.

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Are there side effects from LASIK?

Some people will experience dry eyes or double vision, or they’ll see halos and starbursts around lights for a long time after the surgery. Also, you may have fluctuating or blurry vision and increased light sensitivity. But these symptoms are generally short-lived.

Is LASIK for you?

That’s a question to be answered after consultation and eye exam at an eye clinic near you. Book an appointment with our eye doctor to discuss your candidacy for laser eye surgery.

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