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Although most people have trouble seeing in the dark, for others it can become a literal impairment which makes driving at night dangerous.
An eye doctor can easily diagnose and treat night blindness, or nyctalopia, and rule out underlying eye diseases or genetic disorders.
How do you know if you have night blindness or just have trouble seeing in the dark?
Glaucoma, diabetes, and retinitis pigmentosa can also cause night blindness. Although an eye doctor can manage some of the symptoms, there are no immediate cures available for these disorders.
Why should you see an eye doctor for a formal diagnosis?
"Treating night blindness depends solely on its cause...Your ophthalmologist can explain what is causing your night blindness and suggest how to brighten your outlook."
American Academy of Ophthalmology
As prolonged sun exposure can cause cataracts, protecting your eyes prevents cloudy lenses and their uncomfortable side effects. Wear sunglasses or goggles when engaging in outdoor activities.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
A proper diet lowers your risk of night blindness caused by a vitamin deficiency. Foods rich in vitamin A are often orange in color and include carrots, mango, and spinach, and should be regularly incorporated into your diet.
How can you get tested for night blindness?
A Routine Eye Exam Can
Reveal Underlying Issues
Your doctor will typically dilate your eyes using drops then use a slit-lamp to assess the health of your eyes.
Depending on your medical history and symptoms, your doctor may also perform genetic testing or blood tests to check your vitamin and glucose levels.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Vitamin Supplements Can Reduce Your Symptoms
If your symptoms are being caused by a vitamin A deficiency, your doctor may recommend taking supplements.
Cataract Surgery Can Reduce Your Dependency on Glasses
Cataract-induced night blindness can be treated with cataract surgery, which will replace a cloudy lens with an intraocular lens.
Managing Your Symptoms by Diagnosing Underlying Diseases
Although genetic defects or disorders such as glaucoma are not treatable with corrective lenses or surgery, a diagnosis can help your doctor better manage your condition.
I’m tired of being limited to daytime travel and activities due to my night blindness…
Schedule an Eye Exam
If your night blindness is caused by a treatable condition, your doctor can prescribe lenses or surgery to restore your nighttime visual acuity. Even if there is no treatment for your condition, your doctor can help you develop a management strategy that helps reduce the risk of total blindness. To prepare for your exam, compile a list of medications, medical history, and concerns to review with your doctor.