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Tunnel Vision: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

tunnel vision- signs, symptoms and treatment
HWC Team
March07/ 2016

Tunnel vision as the name may suggest is a condition where an individual loses his/ her peripheral vision. As a result of losing the peripheral vision, the scope of what the individual sees is limited to a tunnel-like circular and hence the name- ‘tunnel vision’. The condition is also known as the Kalnienk vision. There are many causes of the tunnel vision disorder; and when left untreated the condition can lead to full blindness.

Signs and Symptoms

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of the tunnel vision condition that an individual should look out for are as follows:


This is the most common sign for most of the vision related disorders. If you are experiencing frequent instances of dizziness without any other actual causes, then you might be suffering from tunnel vision in early stages.


Is another very common sign pointing towards the existence of a vision disorder. People with tunnel vision can experience fatigue due to the disappearance of their ability to view the whole picture in front of them.

Lack of Coordination

Is another symptom as well as a sign of tunnel vision. When you cannot properly coordinate your hand and other actions, you might be developing tunnel vision.

Anxiety and Confusion

These are common symptoms of tunnel vision. Regular, frequent and otherwise unexplained instances of anxiousness and confusion are signs pointing towards eye disorders like tunnel vision.

Partial blindness

since tunnel vision is a vision disorder; people who cannot see completely or are suffering from partial blindness may have developed tunnel vision.

Causes of Tunnel Vision

  • Glaucoma- the term refers to a group of eye conditions all/ or any of which might lead to damage to the optic nerve. Damage to the optic nerve as a result of glaucoma may as a result cause an individual to develop tunnel vision.
  • Eye Strokes/ occlusions are also common causes of tunnel vision. The strokes/ occlusions restrict the blood flow to the internal structure of the eye which can lead to the loss of peripheral vision.
  • Brain damage from an injury or a stroke or any other disease that affects the brain can also be the causes of tunnel vision.
  • Other causes include- retinitis pigmentosa, detached retina, neurological damage and concussions.

Treatment of Tunnel Vision

As mentioned above, untreated tunnel vision can in cases lead to complete blindness. This makes it essential for all individual suffering from tunnel vision to get proper treatment done. The treatment of this condition largely depends on its cause.

  • For example, an individual who developed tunnel vision as a result of glaucoma, the individual has to be treated for glaucoma to counter the tunnel vision condition.
  • Unfortunately there is no definite/ fixed type of correction glass which can correct this condition; but for some a lens called- prism can be used to expand the patient’s field of vision.
  • Some sorts of spot therapies are also found to be effective in countering the blind spots in the brains of the individuals suffering from tunnel vision.

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