Night blindness, or nyctalopia, is a condition in which sufferers experience difficulty seeing in the dark. Your eye doctor can help determine if you suffer from this condition.
Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for night blindness from Eye and Vision Care, your local provider of quality eyeglass frames.
What Is Night Blindness?
Having night blindness doesn’t mean that you can’t see in the dark. Someone with night blindness may just have trouble seeing or driving in poorly lit conditions. Some cases of night blindness can be treated and others can’t. Night blindness can be a symptom of an underlying problem, typically in the retina.
Regular comprehensive eye exams help in the early diagnosis of many eye conditions that can lead to vision loss. When detected early, treatment to prevent or recover vision loss can be performed with higher success. At Eye and Vision Care, we offer orthokeratology, laser vision correction, eyeglasses and more.
Causes & Symptoms
Poor vision in the dark is the only symptom of night blindness. There’s a higher chance that you’ll experience it when your eyes adjust from bright conditions to a dimly-lit environment. A person is more likely to experience the condition when driving because of the scattered brightness of headlights and streetlights.
Nearsightedness, cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome can cause night blindness. Older individuals, especially those with diabetes, are at a higher risk of developing cataracts so they are more likely to experience night blindness.
Vitamin A or retinol deficiency can also cause night blindness. Retinol is essential in transforming nerve impulses into images in the retina. Those who suffer from pancreatic insufficiency are at a greater risk of developing Vitamin A deficiency as it’s fat-soluble.
Surgery may be required for cataract patients. The procedure involves replacing your cloudy lens with a clear, artificial one. Your doctor might prescribe supplements if you have vitamin A deficiency. Night blindness due to genetic conditions, such as retinitis pigmentosa, can’t be treated.
You should avoid driving at night if you have night blindness. Wear sunglasses or a brimmed hat to reduce glare in bright conditions for an easy transition into a darker environment.
Visit Eye and Vision Care for a comprehensive eye exam if you’re experiencing vision issues. Our team can assist with treatment for different eye conditions and vision problems. We also offer a wide selection of prescription lenses and stylish frames. Visit our Contact Us page to schedule an appointment. We cater to patients in South Riding, Haymarket and Fairfax, VA.