What Is Night Blindness?

This condition, which your doctor will call nyctalopia, makes it hard to see well at night or in poor light. It isn’t a disease, but rather a symptom of another problem like untreated nearsightedness.

What Causes It?

The problem comes from a disorder of the cells in your retina that allow you to see dim light. It has many causes:

To pinpoint the cause, your eye doctor will carry out a full exam. He may order specialized tests.

How Is Night Blindness Treated?

That depends on its cause. It may be as simple as a new prescription for glasses or a new medication. It could require surgery if cataracts are to blame.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on November 29, 2015



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