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There is no specific remedy that can magically fix poor night vision, but there are things you can do to maintain your vision and see a little better in low-light conditions. A balanced diet with specific nutrients to support eye health is a great place to start. (Learn More)
It is important to protect your eyes from UV light, like the sun. It can be helpful to keep lights in your home dimmer, including screens, to preserve your night vision. (Learn More) It can also be beneficial to allow your eyes to adjust naturally to low-light conditions and give yourself time to adapt. (Learn More)
High-definition glasses are made to correct vision in all lighting conditions. They can help your eyes to focus and see more clearly in dim or low-light environments. (Learn More)
There are many conditions that can impact night vision. Routine eye exams are vital to ensure that decreasing night vision is not a sign of a bigger concern. (Learn More)
Nutrition & Eye Health
One of the best things you can do for your eye health, which includes night vision, is to eat a healthy and balanced diet and take care of your physical health. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean just eating a bunch of carrots.
Vitamin A is one of these nutrients that can help to improve night vision if you are deficient in it, though most of developing world is not. Carrots alone will not do the trick though. Instead, vitamin A supplements — or even other foods like leafy greens, lean meats, and colorful fruits and vegetables — are a better option.
Vitamins known to support eye health the AREDS 2 which include the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Beta carotene
This specific formulation is shown to improve the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can lead to decreased night vision. When possible, it is best to get as much of your nutrients from foods as possible, rather than supplements. By focusing on your physical health, you can help to decrease the risk for other health conditions that can impair your vision.
Protect Your Eyes & Vision
To help with night vision, protect your eyes from bright lights. Wear sunglasses in the sun to shield your eyes from dangerous UV rays. Direct exposure to sunlight can cause damage to your eyes that can lead to a range of eye conditions, including eye cancer, AMD, and cataracts.
Sunglasses during the day can also help to enhance your night vision in the evening. It can be hard for your eyes to adjust from the bright sun or a brightly room to low-light conditions.
By wearing sunglasses in the sun, you can keep your pupils from having to contract as much. This makes it easier for the rod photoreceptors in your eyes to adjust more quickly to low-light conditions later on.
Let Your Eyes Adjust Naturally
When you are trying to see in low-light conditions, your pupils expand to take in as much light as possible. It can therefore be helpful to allow your eyes proper time to adjust before attempting to see well at night. It can take as much as 20 to 45 minutes for your eyes to fully adapt to low-light night conditions.
Be patient, and give yourself time to let your eyes adjust naturally. You can help this by lowering the brightness on your computer or TV screen and keeping the lights in your home or office dimmer.
Specialized Glasses for Night Vision
There are a lot of glasses out there that claim to improve night vision, including many different types of tinted lenses. Tinted lenses can actually do more harm than good, however. They do not allow the maximum amount of light to reach your eyes, which is necessary for optimal night vision.
Instead, glasses designed to be glare resistant and high-definition glasses can be better for improving night vision. These glasses work by allowing the maximum amount of light into the eyes at various lighting conditions, helping to sharpen vision both during the day and at night. These are highly specialized and customized prescription lenses that are made to help you see better overall and not just enhance your night vision.
During the consultation, we will ask you about your eye health history and your medications, and perform some tests. You will then be examined by the surgeon who will discuss your treatment options. Your personal Patient Counselor will help you throughout the process.
Your Counselor can review payment options and schedule you for surgery and related appointments, such as pre- and post-operative exams. Prior to your procedure you will have a dilated eye exam, and you should discontinue wearing your contact lenses and begin taking eye drops as instructed.
Plan to be at the center for two to three hours the day of your procedure. ICL eye surgery is a fairly brief outpatient procedure. Your surgeon dilates your eyes, and gives you a local anesthetic to numb the area. A tiny incision is made, and the clear lens is slipped between your iris and your eye’s natural lens. The day of your procedure should be a day of rest.
Your Patient Counselor will give you detailed post-operative instructions and eye drop regimen for your recovery. After ICL surgery, you’ll need several follow-ups with your eye doctor. Visual recovery is rapid, and you can expect noticeable improvement within a day or two. Most patients are generally able to return to their normal activities within two or three days following their procedure.
Routine Eye Care
Decreasing night vision can be a temporary side effect of a health condition, part of aging, or a sign of a more serious condition that needs to be addressed. A comprehensive eye exam is one of the best things you can do to preserve and even improve your night vision. It can make you aware of any underlying condition that could be contributing so it can then be addressed.
The following conditions can impact night vision:
- Macular degeneration
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Refractive errors
- Vitamin A deficiency
Routine eye care, including regular eye exams, can diagnose potential eye or medical issues that can impair night vision. If you notice changes in your vision or declining night vision, be sure to talk to your eye doctor right away.
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