Improve your night vision
Though commonly called night blindness, nyctalopia doesn’t involve completely losing the ability to see. Rather, this condition makes it difficult to see in relatively low light.
Many people have difficulty driving at night or adjusting their eyes when moving from a bright area into a dimly lit room. If you’re struggling to see in the dark, here are some easy steps you can take to improve your night vision.
INCREASE VITAMIN A
A diet high in vitamin A can increase your level of rhodopsin, a protein in the light receptor cells of the retina. Opt for orange fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, squash and cantaloupe. Dark green leafy vegetables, eggs and fish are also rich sources of vitamin A.
LIMIT LIGHT EXPOSURE
You can help manage your difficulty adjusting to the dark by limiting your exposure to extreme light conditions. Wear sunglasses on bright days, and reduce the brightness settings on your electronic devices, especially if you work in a dark room.
MASSAGE YOUR EYES
Take a few minutes every hour to rejuvenate your vision with a brief massage. With eyes closed, gently press your palms against your eyelids. Your vision will turn white and gradually fade to black. After a minute or so, release and open your eyes.
VISIT YOUR OPTOMETRIST
Depending on its cause, nyctalopia may be treatable with corrective lenses, surgery or medication. An optometrist or ophthalmologist will be able to identify any underlying issues and advise you on the best possible treatment.