Vision loss doesn’t always mean complete blindness. It can mean an inability to see in just one eye. This condition can be very frightening and can happen very quickly. Sudden vision loss is considered any loss of sight that occurs within a few minutes or over the course of a day or two. Many conditions can cause this problem, which is why it’s important to seek help as soon as it happens.
Common Causes of Vision Loss in One Eye
There are four common causes of vision loss in a single eye. They include:
- Abnormalities in the optic nerve and related pathways that carry signals from the eyes to the brain
- Abnormalities in the retina
- Clouding of transparent eye structures
Other Visual Problems
Blindness isn’t the only indication of a problem. Some people notice shadows, flashing lights, or floaters. If you notice increased floaters, flashing lights, or a gray shadow or curtain moving across your field of vision, this could indicate a retinal detachment. Many factors can increase your risk for this condition, including:
- Increased age
- A previous detachment
- Family history
- Extreme nearsightedness
- Previous eye injury
- Previous disease or inflammation
What to Do When You Experience Vision Loss
While some symptoms may be mild and common, vision loss should always be considered a serious problem. Seek the assistance of your Eye Michigan ophthalmologist right away if you lose vision in one or both eyes, even if it is only a partial loss. Contact our offices in Southeast Michigan to schedule an appointment for a routine or non-routine comprehensive eye exam.
If there is any indication of retinal detachment, eye trauma, or other eye emergency, go to the nearest emergency room immediately.