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Old 02-04-2018, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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When your eyes go bad the change is slow and subtle and you won't notice until it suddenly becomes severe. I had cataract surgery two years ago and the improvement was startling. Everything is brighter now.
You may be experiencing a change and should see an ophthalmologist, a real doctor, not some clerk at an eyeglasses store with a chart on the wall.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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It's ALWAYS a bad idea not to go to a doctor especially for eyesight.

JEEZE. Don't you realize they could SAVE YOUR VISION If you have some condition and catch it early.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:59 PM
 
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See an ophthalmologist for a complete eye check. I had similar problems a few years ago. Doc did a laser procedure and now I can see as good as ever at night without any glasses. Wife uses those yellow sun type glasses for night vision, they work great she says to sharpen and brighten images plus reducing the night light glare from opposing automobiles.
The doctor will explain all your options for your conditions, plus costs and what insurance will cover, then you make the decision of what you want to do.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Night blindness if one of the early symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa. Another is loss of peripheral vision, but you probably wouldn't notice that .
. Your everyday doctor knows how to find it, but it is probably better to ask an ophthalmologist about it. In the early stages, your family doctor might not detect it or recognize it.

To test for peripheral vision, hold your arms straight out to your sides, and wiggle your thumbs. Start moving your hands toward each other, until they are straight in front of you, and keep looking straight ahead. Your wiggling thumbs should come into view fairly quickly. If after seeing your hands they again disappear into blind spots, it is very likely you have RP.

Twinbroooknine, this goes for you, too. There is no treatment nor cure for this progressive blindness. But it is important to know about it, because when driving, there are cars in your blindspot that you don't know about. For a while you can still drive safely, as long as you know you have blindspots and you make it a habit to look for them.
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:56 AM
 
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I started wearing corrective lenses at night long before I needed them during the day. They give me extra clarity that helps offset the dark.

Hubster swears by the yellow-tinted anti-headlight glasses when he drives at night. I've tried them and don't think they make much difference. YMMV.
I think having problem seeing at night come from various factors (hereditary, individualistic, long or short term, correctable and not) and is very individualistic
What works for one person won't be the cure-all for others
I hope the OP gets a good, complete eye exam by a competent opthamalogist and might be referred to a specialist
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:21 AM
 
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I'm 45. I had LASIK about 15 years ago, which corrected my vision to 20/15. In the past couple of years, I've noticed that my vision is deteriorating slightly, which my eye doc said is normal. But my vision is still 20/25, so no need for correction yet. I definitely notice it more at night. When I asked about it, my doc said that astigmatism can seem worse at night. And I do have a slight astigmatism. The lights sort of magnify the problem. Maybe that could be the issue?
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:23 AM
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Location: Somwhere
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I posted in Alt Med about night vision support. Vit A is something I've never thought about but over many years heard "eat your carrots, they are good for your eyes"....that's the beta carotene.
The carrots for vision thing was WWII propaganda.
The Brits didn't want the Germans to know they had developed radar, so they claimed that the increased accuracy of plane spotting was due to sharp vision from eating carrots.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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It's ALWAYS a bad idea not to go to a doctor especially for eyesight.

JEEZE. Don't you realize they could SAVE YOUR VISION If you have some condition and catch it early.
I wish everyone had your attitude. I have worked my entire career in ophthalmology/optometry, and so many people assume the annual eye exam requirement is a money grab. False. Just because you can see fine out of your glasses does not mean your eyes are fine. There are several conditions that cause few or no symptoms and catching them quickly can save your eyes or even your life. True story: we had a patient come in a few months back and she opted to have the electronic retinal photographs. Getting the pictures ended up saving her life; the doctor detected an aggressive malignant cancer of the retina. It was causing her no symptoms, and prompt surgery saved her.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Okay thanks, I will see a doctor then. I asked some friends and they said it sounds like I need glasses, but glasses have to do with focus, right? Or do they actually allow more light and exposure, into the eye?
Glasses will definitely help with night vision.

I got mine when I was 17 or so, and not because I had some illness. I was just becoming a tad nearsighted. My vision is like 20/40 which isn't bad at all, and has not changed in 30 years.

Go get an eye exam.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:30 AM
 
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I wish everyone had your attitude. I have worked my entire career in ophthalmology/optometry, and so many people assume the annual eye exam requirement is a money grab. False. Just because you can see fine out of your glasses does not mean your eyes are fine. There are several conditions that cause few or no symptoms and catching them quickly can save your eyes or even your life. True story: we had a patient come in a few months back and she opted to have the electronic retinal photographs. Getting the pictures ended up saving her life; the doctor detected an aggressive malignant cancer of the retina. It was causing her no symptoms, and prompt surgery saved her.

When I was a baby, my vision was not the same in both eyes
One eye was nearsighted and one was farsighted
I could not learn to integrate my vision and use my eyes together
As a baby I could see better w/the one using close-up vision and just disregarded the other eye
I developed amblyopia and over time my brain that received the input from the eye I wasn't using just sort of atrophied---like tying an arm behind your back and not using it for years
So I use my right eye for my vision--
Wear glasses cause astigmatism and need correction but can't correct the vision lack for the left eye now
Even as a child when my parents took me to optometrist when I was about 8 or 9 it was too late

So all children should get eye exams when they are infants and have one yearly
Schools do it now with school nurse but don't always catch every problem

Good friend of ours has grandson who is 9 or 10---
He was having problem reading from the board
Took him to eye doctor/specialist of some type who discovered he was not following the entire line of text for some reason---not really a VISION problem but a problem of integrating/processing what he was seeing
He has 20/20 vision and doesn't need glasses
Had to do special exercises for month or so---
Now is supposed to be corrected...
But there can be
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