What is Peripheral Vision?
Peripheral vision means seeing objects and movements that are outside of your central field of vision. For example, look straight ahead and without moving your gaze, try to see what’s below you, as well as what’s on your right and left. Everything you see is delivered to you by rods or the nerve cells found outside the macula or the center of the retina.
How is Peripheral Vision classified?
Peripheral vision can be broken down into three segments, depending where an object is positioned or where a movement occurs on your field of view. What you see just adjacent to your central vision is called the near-peripheral vision. In the middle and farther from your center of gaze is the mid-peripheral vision, while the farthest among the three, at the edge of your field of view is the far-peripheral vision.
Can Peripheral Vision be damaged?
Yes, and usually, people do not really see its importance until they begin to lose it. The loss of peripheral vision is a condition called tunnel vision.
What are the symptoms of Peripheral Vision loss?
Symptoms of peripheral vision loss may be so subtle that patients themselves may fail to notice them. One of which is difficulty in seeing in low light. Should you feel that something is wrong with your peripheral vision, go consult an expert right away so you can be given tests. It’s best to make it as early as possible as tunnel vision may be a symptom of another more serious eye condition.
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