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Vision - night blindness
Alternative namesNyctanopia; Nyctalopia; Night blindness
DefinitionNight blindness is poor vision at night or in dim light.
ConsiderationsNight blindness can cause problems with driving in the evening or at night. Consult your health care provider or eye doctor.
Home CareNecessary safety precautions should be taken. Avoid driving a car at night. Vitamin A supplements may prove helpful.
Call your health care provider if
The goal of the medical exam will be to determine if the problem is due to a correctable cause, such as need for new glasses or cataract removal or whether the problem is something more severe.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Cataract removal should be discussed as an option when appropriate.
Update Date: 8/18/2003Edward B. Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair, Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT