Blind Spots in Vision
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Ami Shah Vira, MD

Ami Shah Vira, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Shah Vira grew up in Arizona. She moved to Chicago to complete a combined engineering and medical program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago Medical School. She completed a highly competitive two year dual fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastic at the highly regarded Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Shah Vira specializes in surgical correction of the eyelids and eyebrows, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, and conditions involving the orbit.

Masashi Mimura, MD

Masashi Mimura, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Mimura Graduated from the Osaka Medical College and obtained his ophthalmologist certification in 2007. He opened an outpatient clinic for oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at Osaka Kaijo Hospital. Subsequently, he was appointed as the assistant professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka Medical College, in 2014. He then served an international fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology/Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, California State University, San Diego. Since then, he has been appointed as Lecturer in the Departments of Ophthalmology at Osaka Medical College and Toho University Medical Center Sakura Hospital. Dr. Mimura is currently the Director of Oculofacial Clinic Osaka, where he specializes in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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About the Symptom

Blind spots or blind areas in vision can be in one or both eyes and can be as small as a dot. There is one normal blind spots in our vision but any blind spots should be assessed by a doctor.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Blind spots or blind areas in vision

Possible causes

Generally, Blind spots in vision can be related to:

  • 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.

  • Pathologic myopia

    Pathologic myopia is a type of farsightedness that causes the eyeball to elongate, resulting in high myopic refractive power. It is accompanied by degenerative changes in the eye and may lead to vision loss.

  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)

    Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a rare condition in which the immune system damages the spinal cord and the optic nerves.

  • Branch retinal vein occlusion
  • Central retinal vein occlusion
  • Tolosa Hunt syndrome
  • Cataracts

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Blind spots in vision may be related to these serious diseases:

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are you experiencing any blind spots in your vision?

  • Do you strain your eyes when looking at close or distant objects?

  • Are your eyes red, painful, or itchy?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you see double?

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References

  • Variations of the Normal Blind Spot with Special Reference to the Formation of a Diagnostic Scale

    https://www.ajo.com/article/s0002-9394(31)90231-6/fulltext#articleInformation

Reviewed By:

Ami Shah Vira, MD

Ami Shah Vira, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Shah Vira grew up in Arizona. She moved to Chicago to complete a combined engineering and medical program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Chicago Medical School. She completed a highly competitive two year dual fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Oculoplastic at the highly regarded Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Shah Vira specializes in surgical correction of the eyelids and eyebrows, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, and conditions involving the orbit.

Masashi Mimura, MD

Masashi Mimura, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Mimura Graduated from the Osaka Medical College and obtained his ophthalmologist certification in 2007. He opened an outpatient clinic for oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at Osaka Kaijo Hospital. Subsequently, he was appointed as the assistant professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka Medical College, in 2014. He then served an international fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology/Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, California State University, San Diego. Since then, he has been appointed as Lecturer in the Departments of Ophthalmology at Osaka Medical College and Toho University Medical Center Sakura Hospital. Dr. Mimura is currently the Director of Oculofacial Clinic Osaka, where he specializes in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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