Night blindness is a frightening thing to live with. What exactly is night blindness? It can mean a varied of things: primarily that you don’t have good vision at night – or in the dark. Maybe your vision takes longer to adjust in reduced light, or that you have overall, poor vision in a reduced light atmosphere. However your eyes change in lack of light, if they change to not being able to see as well or at all, you could have night blindness.
The best way to know for sure if you have night blindness, is to see your eye doctor or ophthalmologist. He can perform certain tests and give you a full exam to see if you suffer from night blindness. He can determine if your night blindness is due to:
Medical condition; diabetes
Deficiency in Vitamin A
Medication induced nighttime blindness. Medications such as; medication for glaucoma, or the medication, Quinine can cause night blindness.
The disorder affects the cells that are responsible for your vision in dimmer lights. There are different types of night blindness with a couple being:
Inattentional Blindness – Sometimes the brain, in an effort to fight against information overload, will purposely only allow a certain amount of information to be seen. It takes a certain amount of information, allows it pass through to the brain, then shuts out the rest and the brain fills in the gaps with what information it wants to see. This is known as inattentional blindness.
Congenital Stationary Night Blindness – This type is of night blindness is normally present from birth. It is an inherited type of night blindness, and is passed on genetically by your mother, father, or other family member.
Progressive night blindness – This is a type of night blindness that continues to get worse as time passes. It may be a gradual or intermittent problem with blindness, but become more pronounced and a steadily deterioration in sight over time. One of the main reasons for developing this type of night blindness is due to lack of Vitamin A. Specific medications, that if taken, can cause night blindness. One particular medication is quinine. A medication typically used to treat malaria known as quinine, is a potent medication that has the potential to cause night blindness.
Treatments for Night Blindness:
— Vitamin A – Vitamin A is a specific vitamin important for your eyes and vision. If you have a deficiency in Vitamin A, you can have eye trouble. When you take Vitamin A regularly, you can help to rectify visual disturbances and increase your nighttime vision. Certain natural, nutritional supplements can help improve your nighttime vision as well. Nutrients; such as, Bilberry, Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin A, and Zeaxanthin. These supplements can help slow the progress of night vision loss, and in some cases, help preserve your vision.
— Zinc – Zinc is a mineral that transports Vitamin A from your liver to the retina. Taking a regular, daily Zinc supplement can help your body process Vitamin A better.
— Herbal Remedies – Some common herbal treatments; include, Bilberry, blueberry juice, eyebright, dandelion, and Queen Anne’s Lace.