The Witching Hour for Vision: What to Do If You Can’t See at Night

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Do you find it easier to see during the day, but your vision seems challenging at night? When eyesight starts to change, it’s common for nighttime vision to be one of the first things that is affected. For example, you might have difficulty seeing clearly while driving at night, or it’s difficult to focus in dimly lit environments.

The term “night blindness” is commonly used but doesn’t necessarily mean losing all vision in the darkness. The good news is that treatments are available to optimize your vision and help you see as clearly as possible regardless of the lighting in the environment.

Certain types of night blindness can be treated, but other types don’t respond to treatments. The best thing you can do if you are experiencing any changes in your vision is to schedule a checkup with your eye doctor.

Why Is It Hard to See at Night?

Several different conditions can make it hard to see at night, including:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Cataracts
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Usher syndrome

Other health conditions can also contribute to vision loss that affects night vision. For example, a deficiency in Vitamin A can lead to night blindness, although this issue is rare in developed parts of the world, like the United States. Cystic fibrosis and pancreatic insufficiency are two conditions that can increase the risk of vitamin A deficiency and might contribute to night blindness.

Additionally, people with diabetes or blood sugar issues have a higher risk of developing eye problems.

Treatments to See Better at Night

The most important step in treating night blindness is determining the underlying cause of vision loss. If cataracts are causing vision issues, then surgery is possible to improve overall vision and night vision simultaneously.

Your eye doctor can also help with vision correction lenses to assist if you have nearsightedness or any other issues that can improve with glasses or contact lenses.

In a situation where other health issues are the underlying cause, it’s important to treat those conditions to slow vision loss.

Call for an Eye Examination

The best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to determine the ideal treatments for your unique needs. Contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry to book an appointment and learn more about available services: (951) 302 -1331.

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