Blind at Night

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Masashi Mimura

Masashi Mimura, MD

Ophthalmology

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Night blindness describes the inability to see well at night or in dim light.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Diarrhea

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Visual field defect

  • Blurring of vision

Possible causes

  • Cataracts

    Degeneration of the lens inside the eye, causing it to become opaque. As a result, lights appear glaring and vision becomes blurred. In the elderly, cataracts are usually caused by aging, In children however, it may be due to genetic conditions, drugs, or viral infections while in the womb.

  • Age-related macular degeneration

    An eye condition that causes a "hole in the center" when looking at things. It is caused by damage to the central retina (sensing layer of the eye). Causes include aging, smoking and genetics.

  • Retinitis pigmentosa

    An inherited degenerative disease affecting the retina, which is the nerve layer that lines the back of the eye. It causes loss of night and side vision.

  • Abetalipoproteinemia (Bassen-Kontsbike syndrome)

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are you having problems seeing in the dark or your sight adjusting to the dark?

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Ophthalmology

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