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Retinopathy, laser treatment, and the oddness of poor peripheral vision

Published by MarkE in the blog MarkE's blog. Views: 401

To set the scene, folks: I'm a middle aged chap, diagnosed five years or so back T2, with full on retinopathy in both eyes and a dozen or so sessions of laser in each eye to date. I'm stable for the moment (cross fingers, knock wood, any other superstition going..) but have rather little peripheral vison left.

The oddness, though, is more a matter of what I thought of peripheral vision loss before this all hit, and the reality. I thought- and suspect many of you would imagine likewise- that if you lose peripheral vision it would be like having a black frame around what you see, and that as the loss grows the frame gets smaller. Well, no!

In actual fact, there is no discernable edge to your vison any more than there ever was- and when you look to see one, your eye moves and so the actual edge shifts anyway! The brain fills in any gaps, just as it always has with the blind spot near the centre of your sight, and until you walk into something that (for you) simply wasn't there you don't even realise that you are missing any sight at all. Yes, you are seeing less, perhaps a fair chunk less- but you need to keep your eyes roving to compensate for the missing bits as otherwise your brain just decides to show what it receives as being all that is out there.

As I said, odd...

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