Night blindness is a condition in which you have difficulty, in night vision or under dim lights. It can cause problems to drive at night, or move in dark places. In milder cases may correspond only to the need for more time to adapt to darkness.


What kind of diseases can be associated with night blindness?

The following diseases may be associated with night blindness:

  • Cataract
  • Keratoconus
  • Glaucoma
  • Myopia
  • Optic neuritis
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for night blindness?

Not all forms of night blindness are treatable. Those associated with cataracts, nearsightedness, intake of certain drugs or the lack of vitamin A can be addressed with appropriate treatments that vary depending on the original problem, while those due to defects congenital or retinitis pigmentosa cannot be treated.

In rare events the problem is lack of vitamin A and it may be useful to take supplements. The final diagnosis is always done by a doctor, but in addition to following his instructions regarding the most suitable treatments is also important to take precautions. The patient has to be especially careful in low light conditions and avoid driving at night so he can avoid injury.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of night blindness?

In case of night blindness it is always advisable to contact your doctor for an accurate diagnosis of the underlying causes of the problem. That way the patient can take the most suitable treatment for his case.