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Definition of Blind spot

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Blind spot: In ophthalmology, a blind spot is:

  1. A small area of the retina where the optic nerve enters the eye; this type of blind spot occurs normally in all eyes.
  2. Any gap in the visual field corresponding to an area of the retina where no visual cells are present; this type of blind spot is associated with eye disease.

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