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Peripheral Vision Disturbances?

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Fairly frequently I’ll see shadowy figures or sometimes even what looks like tangible objects moving around out of my peripheral vision? I was wondering if it means anything or I’m just paranoid?

Peripheral Vision Disturbances?

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Let’s do first things first. You did not describe any thoughts processes that were abnormal and explained no history of emotional disturbances. Before we jump to a psychiatric diagnosis let’s look at the symptoms themselves.. These are ocular sensations and the way you are describing them would suggest the first step would be to visit an ophthalmologist rather than a psychiatrist. There are many possibilities that can cause these experiences and I would check out your eyes rather than your psyche for now.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Peripheral Vision Disturbances?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Peripheral Vision Disturbances?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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