It’s no surprise that most people don’t see well in the dark. However, some people have considerable difficulty seeing at night or in poor light. This is called “night blindness” or nyctalopia. Night blindness doesn’t mean you are completely unable to see at night, but that your vision is poorer then. It is not a disease in itself, but instead is a symptom of some other type of vision problem. Certain cells in the eye’s retina are responsible for allowing you to see in dim light. If these cells are affected by a disease or condition, night blindness occurs.
Some of the eye conditions that can cause night blindness include:
- Certain Glaucoma Medicine
- Retinitis Pigmentosa-an eye disease that causes blindness
- Vitamin A Deficiency
- Keratoconus-an cornea disease where it is very steeply curved
If you or someone you know has difficulty seeing at night-especially if it seems to be getting worse-please schedule an eye exam with eye doctors at The Eye Care & Surgery Center 908-789-8999, or visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center or Facebook.
The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located in Westfield, Warren and Iselin NJ, an affiliate of Prism Vision Group.