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Trouble Seeing at Night? All About Night Blindness

At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a symptom of a more serious eye disease. So, if you are experiencing trouble seeing in low light, especially if it is a sudden onset of the condition, it is worth having it checked out by your eye doctor.

Signs of Night Blindness

The main indication of night blindness is difficulty seeing well in dark or dim lighting, especially when transitioning from a brighter to a lower light environment, like walking from outside into a dimly lit room. Many experience difficulty driving at night, particularly with the glare of the streetlights or the headlights from oncoming traffic.

Causes of Night Blindness

Night blindness is a condition that can be present from birth, or caused by a disease, injury or even a vitamin deficiency. In order to treat the condition, your eye doctor will need to determine the cause. Here are some of the common causes:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia) – many people with nearsightedness (or difficulty seeing objects in the distance) experience some degree of night blindness, especially when driving.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa – a genetic condition in which the pigmented cells in the retina break down causing a loss of peripheral vision and night blindness.
  • Cataracts – a clouding of the natural lens of the eye causing vision loss.
  • Glaucoma – a group of diseases that involve damage to the optic nerve and subsequent vision loss.
  • Vitamin A Deficiency – vitamin A or retinol is found in greens (kale, spinach, collards, broccoli etc.), eggs, liver, orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, mango etc.), eggs and butter. Your doctor may also prescribe Vitamin A supplements if you have a serious deficiency.
  • Eye Surgery – refractive surgery such as LASIK sometimes results in reduced night vision as either a temporary or sometimes a permanent side effect.
  • Injury – an injury to the eye or the part of the brain that processes vision can result in reduced night vision.
  • Uncorrected Visual Error – many people experience better daytime vision as the pupils are smaller and provide greater depth of field to compensate for any vision problems. At night, the pupils dilate, so blur is increased from uncorrected nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or distortions/aberrations on the cornea from refractive surgery. Even a slight prescription for someone who may not need glasses during the day can make a significant improvement in night vision.
  • Eyewear Problems – even if your vision correction is accurate, badly scratched glasses or poor/defective lens coatings can also cause trouble seeing at night. Special lens coatings are now available on glasses for night time and foggy conditions.

Treatment for Night Blindness

Some causes for night blindness are treatable, while others are not, so the first step is a comprehensive eye exam to determine what the root of the problem is. Treatments range from simply purchasing a special pair of glasses, lens coatings or contact lenses to wear at night (for optical issues such as myopia) to surgery (to correct the underlying problem such as cataracts), to medication (for diseases like glaucoma). In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you avoid driving at night. During the day, it may help to wear sunglasses or a brimmed hat to ease the transition indoors.

As with any change in vision, it is critical to get your eyes checked as soon as you begin to experience symptoms, and on a routine basis even if you’re symptom-free. Not only will this improve your chances of detecting and treating a vision-threatening disease if you have one brewing, but treatment will also keep you more comfortable seeing in low-light, and keep you and your loved ones safe at night or in poor light conditions.

EYEWEAR NEWS…..  

Quick update friends –

As we eagerly await certainty of what the government is going to propose we hope to be back in the office at least part time beginning June 1st. Fingers crossed. We are not sure if they will be pushing back non essential employees another month till the end of June , GOSH we hope not. But we can never be certain. I have mailed out over 10 orders of contacts and over 20 pairs of completed glasses directly to our patients homes. Our contact lens company is SHIPPING FREE all orders right to your home! We have taken MAJOR sanitizing approaches and have cleaned each and every piece of our office while we’ve been down. I hope to be able to give you some good news in the next coming weeks. We’d like to go back to what we do best and that’s giving you stellar eyewear and eyecare.

Our hearts go out to those families directy impacted by the virus. Each and everyone of us will make the difference. We will all come through this stronger together.

Please take care of yourself and each other.

We will all continue to monitor updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) and follow all governmental regulations. Should we be required to change anything, we will update everyone as soon as possible. Please continue to follow us on social media for updates.

Like all of you, Our eyestyles family eagerly awaits more clarity and certainty and looks forward to welcoming you back 100%. Until then we hope you and your families stay healthy and safe. Please know you are all in our prayers.

Thank you for being a loyal eyestyles patient. We look forward to giving you back the best possible vision care. DON’T FORGET WE ARE AT THE SHOP THIS SATURDAY MAY 2ND FROM 12-3PM FOR ALL CONTACT LENS ORDERS, GLASSES RE-ORDERS, PHONE CALLS, SCRIPTS AND PICK-UPS. WE ARE ALSO RUNNING CURBSIDE SAT MAY 2ND TOO.

Warmly,
The Clayton Family

Sharpen Your Vision in High-glare Situations

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Scientists have perfected the designs on special polarized filters that are applied to sunglass lenses. These filters absorb light reflected or scattered from horizontal surfaces. We call this glare and it can impede our vision especially in dangerous or fast moving situations.

Polarized glasses come in handy in high glare situations such as light reflecting off of roads, cars, or water.

So when you are picking out sunglasses, the first thing you should check for is UV protection. But if you drive, are active in sports, or often find yourself on or near the water, you may want to pick sunglasses with polarized lenses also to give you the sharpest vision possible.

Insider tip: Want to be sure you are getting what you paid for? Sunglasses may be labeled polarized, but there is one way you can tell for sure. Polarized lenses block those scattering waves of light specifically from horizontal surfaces. Hold your lenses up to something reflective like the hood of a car and slowly tilt your glasses. As the angle of the lens changes, the amount of glare the lenses lets through should also change.

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