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What You Should Know About Night Blindness

Our Optometrist in Kamloops, 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 Thompson Rivers Family Optometry in Kamloops to schedule your appointment today.

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Frequently asked questions answered by our Eye Doctor in Kamloops, British Columbia:

  • 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.

Thompson Rivers Family Optometry Leading Eye Care Services in Kamloops, British Columbia

At Thompson Rivers Family Optometry, vision centre, near you, healthy eyes and sharp eyesight are our mission.

We provide a full range of eye care services to meet all of your visual needs! Our family-friendly practice offers comprehensive eye exams, treatment for ocular disease, co-management for LASIK, emergency assistance and more, for adults and children. We are located conveniently in Kamloops, British Columbia. Giving you easy access from many nearby communities.

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Regular eye exams with a qualified optometrist are critical to promoting your healthy eyes. It doesn’t matter whether you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, or if you have no vision complaints. Comprehensive eye examinations are recommended for everyone, regardless of age or health condition. We invite all members of your family to schedule an eye exam in our clinic, and all neighboring areas in British Columbia.

Dr. FrisonIf you need vision testing or a routine eye examination, our expert optometrist, Dr. Frison will inspect your eyes using the latest diagnostic technology, along with experience and first-rate skill. We are qualified and experienced with treating many common eye diseases and conditions, such as dry eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and Diabetic retinopathy.

We are aware that it can be expensive to provide your entire family with professional eye care services and quality prescription eyewear. At Thompson Rivers Family Optometry, we want everyone to enjoy clear vision and benefit from our expert Optometrists. That’s why we are committed to helping our patients find ways to reduce the cost of their eye health and vision care. Medical and both offer effective solutions.

Our eye care clinic will assist you to make the most of your insurance coverage. There are significant differences between medical health insurance plans and vision insurance, and many patients do not fully understand their benefits. We’ll be pleased to review your policy with you to explain what you are entitled to receive. We aim to make your eye care as cost-effective as possible!

We welcome you to benefit from our extensive range of efficient services at Thompson Rivers Family Optometry!

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Dry Eye Syndrome

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Computer Vision Syndrome

A contemporary, common problem, computer vision syndrome can cause eye strain, irritation or muscle pain. Extended periods of time spent gazing at a computer screen are to blame. Our eye doctors can suggest various strategies and solutions to help alleviate your discomfort.
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Management of Ocular Disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma or other ocular disease, we’ll help take care of your eyes to prevent vision loss in the future.
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Refractive Surgery Co-Management

Are you interested in having a laser procedure done to correct your vision? Consult with us to determine whether a refractive procedure is a good option for you. We offer complete preoperative and postoperative care for these surgeries.
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LASIK may be a solution for you if you’re ready to get rid of your eyeglasses and/or contact lenses! We’ll meet with you in our Grove City and North Columbus, OH, offices to discuss the possibility of LASIK.
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To check for signs of glaucoma, we will measure your internal eye pressure and perform a detailed scan of your retina. This disease is often symptom less during the early stages, so it’s important to come in for routine examinations.
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We are qualified to help treat eye emergencies. If you suffer irritation from a foreign substance in your eye, or damage due to a foreign object that gets stuck in your eye, we are here for you! Contact us immediately for guidance in the event of an emergency.
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Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

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Are you interested in wearing contact lenses, or need a new pair of lenses? Our optometrists will perform a detailed contact lens fitting, including for hard-to-fit patients. If you have a current contact lens prescription, we stock all the top brand-name lenses in many types. When your supply of contacts runs low, it’s easy and convenient to replenish from our Kamloops office.

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