Understanding Peripheral Vision and Peripheral Vision Loss

Dec, 2022 | Eye Diseases, Vision Problems

Your peripheral vision is an important aspect of your overall vision, allowing you to see what’s happening around you without having to turn your head. But did you know that peripheral vision loss can occur? And if it does occur, what should you do about it? Let’s look at why peripheral vision is important, what causes peripheral vision loss, and how to address it.

What is peripheral vision?

Peripheral vision is the area outside the central focus point of our eyes. This type of vision allows us to see what’s happening around us without having to move our eyes or head. Our peripheral vision is crucial for daily activities like driving, walking downstairs, reading signs, playing sports, and more. It also gives us a sense of awareness so that we can react quickly if necessary.

What causes peripheral vision loss?

There are several conditions that can lead to a decrease or complete loss of peripheral vision, including the following:

  • Glaucoma
  • Stroke
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Diabetic retinopathy (diabetic eye disease)
  • Migraines may cause a temporary loss of peripheral vision

Early detection and diagnosis are key to treating these conditions before they cause permanent damage to the eye. Fortunately, there are several tests available that can measure the extent of any potential damage and provide insight into treatment options. 

What can I do about peripheral vision loss?

If you experience any type of sudden change in your side view or feel like something isn’t quite right with your eyesight, it’s important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

At Walter Eye Clinic in Tinley Park, we offer comprehensive eye exams for individuals experiencing any type of visual difficulty. Our team will use advanced testing methods such as visual field testing and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging to measure how wide an area in front of your eyes can be seen clearly without turning your head from side to side. We also provide treatment options for those suffering from glaucoma and other conditions associated with peripheral vision loss.


If you think that something might be wrong with your peripheral vision or have already been diagnosed with a condition causing this type of visual field defect, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at Walter Eye Clinic in Tinley Park as soon as possible! Our experienced optometrists will work closely with you to develop a customized plan designed just for you that could help improve your quality of life by restoring or preserving much-needed clarity around the edges of our world!

Thank you for trusting us here at Walter Eye Clinic; we look forward to helping you restore clarity!

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