South Jersey Eye Associates | Eyecare & Eyewear
South Jersey Eye Associates | Eyecare & Eyewear

Night Blindness

Many people have more difficulty seeing clearly at night than they should. This condition is called Nyctalopia in which the retina does not regenerate a pigment called visual purple. This purplish-red pigment prevents night blindness but can become bleached out when the eyes are exposed to strong sunlight or if the retina is deficient in vitamin A.

This condition should not be confused with the normal reduction of vision we all experience at night. The reason for this is that as the light gets less, the pupil (that little hole in the center of the eye) opens wider to allow more light to enter. As photographers know, the smaller the aperture, the sharper the picture. So when the pupil gets larger, the “picture” is not quite as sharp.

Not sure? Your optometrist can measure your dark adaptation and determine if you have night blindness. He may prescribe sunglasses to block out infrared rays of the sun or may suggest an increase of vitamin A in your diet.

COVID-19 Operational ChangesSouth Jersey Eye Associates Now Offers Virtual Eyecare Visits

In our evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic, South Jersey Eye Associates is now offering Virtual Eyecare* visits during this period of crisis.

Should you be experiencing an ocular emergency or a problem with your vision, please log in to be seen.

Virtual appointments are available between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you are not connected within 15 minutes, please call 856-455-5500.

Virtual Eyecare* is not intended for inquiries regarding contact lens orders, eyeglasses, or payments. These inquiries can be addressed by calling 856-455-5500 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

*This service will be billed to your medical insurance.