Peripheral Vision

Although vision is commonly thought of in terms of central vision (foveal vision) which gives us the fine detail of objects and color, our peripheral vision is vitally important to all of our day to day activities.  Our sense of balance, performance in sports, ability to read, as well as just walking around without bumping into things would be much more challenging or impossible without good peripheral vision.

Glaucoma, tumors, strokes, and other diseases of the eye and brain can damage or alter peripheral vision.  Very often a large part of the visual field of one or both eyes is diminished before a person even notices it missing (due to the overlapping visual fields of the two eyes as well as the brain filling in the missing details).  This is why it is important to have your visual fields screened regularly by an optometrist.


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