Your peripheral vision, also known as side vision, gives you the ability to see to the sides, above, and below a central point of focus straight ahead of you, without turning your head sideways or moving your eyes side-to-side or up and down. The loss of peripheral vision is often referred to as tunnel vision, and it can indeed make you feel like you’re in a tunnel or that the world is closing in around you.
Peripheral vision loss can cause difficulties with spatial orientation and mobility. People with peripheral vision loss are often more prone to trip over objects in their path or bump into other people. Many patients with peripheral vision loss also have impaired night vision. (more…)