Why Is My Vision Blurry?

Dr. Jonathan Woolfson
Why Is My Vision Blurry?

Do you oftentimes find that your vision is blurry? Do you have trouble seeing fine details? Do objects often appear out of focus and hazy? Do you wonder why you’re suffering from blurry vision?

These are all symptoms or signs of blurred vision, and there are many reasons why someone might suffer from this condition. No matter if it occurs in one eye (called unilateral blurred vision) or both eyes (called bilateral blurred vision), blurry vision should be professionally evaluated and treated right away.

Symptoms of blurred vision

Oftentimes, patients experience a number of symptoms along with blurry vision. In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, other symptoms can include:

  • eye pain
  • discharge from the eye
  • itchy, dry eyes
  • spots or floaters
  • bloodshot, red eyes
  • increased tear production
  • loss of central or peripheral vision
  • poor near vision

If you experience blurred vision along with sudden nausea, stiff neck, severe headache, and/or vomiting, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Causes of blurry vision

Blurred vision can be the result of eye diseases and eye conditions such as:

  • nearsightedness (myopia)
  • farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • astigmatism
  • glaucoma
  • dry eyes
  • refractive eye conditions
  • cataracts
  • contact lens problems
  • age-related macular degeneration

Certain medications can cause blurry sight, such as:

  • antidepressants
  • heart medications
  • oral contraceptives
  • cancer therapy drugs

If you’d like to learn more about which medications can cause blurred vision, visit this informative page: https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/medications-cause-vision-problems

Receiving a professional evaluation for blurred vision

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms or signs mentioned above, seek medical attention as soon as possible. At Woolfson Eye Institute, we diagnose and treat blurry vision quite often. It is very important to start treatment by first determining the root cause—what is causing your blurred vision? How long have you been experiencing blurry sight?

Our doctors are trained and experienced to find out why you’re experiencing this condition. To diagnose blurred vision, we may use a number of tests including:

  1. the slit-lamp examination— this test helps us determine whether each eye is functioning properly or not.
  2. a refraction test— we use a device called a phoroptor or a refractor to measure your eyeglass or contact lenses prescription.
  3. a tonometry test— we use a device called a tonometer to measure the intraocular pressure.

These tests are designed to help us evaluate your eyesight and create an effective treatment plan.

Treatment for blurred vision

doctor-patient-300x300-7478844Once our doctors determine the underlying condition of blurred vision, a treatment plan will be devised. The treatment plan is based solely on the underlying condition.

If blurry vision is caused by cataracts, for instance, we will treat the cataracts by performing surgery or some other treatment protocol. Also, depending on the underlying condition, LASIK is one way that we can treat blurry vision at Woolfson Eye Institute.

If blurred vision is caused by presbyopia, we deal with it by using reading glasses with bifocals. We can treat presbyopia with a procedure called Monovision. For some patients bifocal contact lenses will correct the condition, or multifocal lens implants is another option.

Such patients sometimes think that they’re not candidates for LASIK, but oftentimes they are. As long as they can be treated with, for example, Monovision contact lenses, typically Monovision LASIK is a good option for them.

So whether you have blurry vision in one eye or in both eyes, whether it comes on all of a sudden or if you’ve had blurry vision for a few days, call us. We encourage you to schedule your appointment as soon as possible to avoid further complications and health problems down the road.

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