Blurry vision is the loss of clarity or sharpness of the eyesight. Objects appear hazy and out of focus. This is a condition that can affect one or both eyes. Blurry vision is usually the result of refractive errors such as myopia, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
The blurry vision can also be a symptom of other eye conditions such as cataracts. If your vision suddenly gets blurry, you should visit an eye doctor immediately. The condition can be a sign of a serious sight-threatening problem.
Blurry vision is a relatively common eye condition that occurs when there is an issue with a component of the eye. The different eye components include the cornea, retina, and optic nerve.
A problem in these areas can cause blurred vision. Slow progressive blurry vision is usually due to a long-term medical condition. On the other hand, sudden blurred vision is usually caused by a single event such as an injury or trauma.
Sudden blurry vision can be a symptom of different eye or vision problems, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. People with chronic dry eyes also experience blurry vision. Blurry vision can also occur during pregnancy and after LASIK surgery.
People who suffer from migraine headaches often get blurry vision. It can also be a side effect of using eye drops and other medications. Wearing contact lenses for too long can cause blurriness. If you experience mild blurry vision, it could be due to eyestrain, sunlight exposure, or tiredness.
Blurry vision can be a symptom of several serious eye issues. It can be a symptom of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. If not treated early, these eye conditions can lead to reduced vision or even vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy often causes loss of vision as the retina becomes damaged.
Blurred vision is often a symptom of cardiovascular diseases and systemic diseases, including stroke, brain hemorrhage, and multiple sclerosis. It is vital to see a doctor immediately if you experience sudden blurry vision.
Blurred vision can affect certain parts of the vision, such as the peripheral vision, or the entire line of vision. Blurred vision can also be described as a dim or clouded vision. While mild blurriness can be temporary, there is a point where you need to seek medical attention.
If your blurred vision comes on suddenly and you experience symptoms like a severe headache, you need to seek emergency medical attention. Other symptoms to watch out for are difficulty speaking, facial drooping, loss of muscle control, and difficulty seeing.
To diagnose the condition, the doctor will ask about the symptoms to find out the root cause. The doctor will want to know when the blurred vision started and situations that make the vision better or worse.
The doctor will also ask about your family history of eye diseases and personal medical history. Next is a physical examination of the eyes followed by other eye tests. The tests include ophthalmoscopy, slit-lamp examination, refraction test, and tonometry. To treat blurry vision, the eye doctor will treat the root cause of the problem.
There are many types of eye care practices, and all serve a purpose. At the far specialization end, some doctors specialize deeply in specific conditions like glaucoma or cataracts. At the other end of the spectrum are some corporate or chain practices that focus more on volume. These practices may spend less time with patients and perform fewer diagnostic tests than a medically focused community-based full spectrum Optometry practice. Madeira Optical is a full spectrum primary eye care practice.
What is full spectrum Optometry? We see fewer patients than the average mall doctor. We maintain a state-of-the art pre-test protocol and tend to see more patients who have eye conditions, family history of eye conditions and high prescriptions like myopia, so we know what to look for. We have doctors on staff who work primarily with children – because children are not small adults and a pediatric eye exam is fundamentally different than an adult exam. We have doctors on staff who focus on eye conditions related to age and we have eye doctors who see the whole family. The eye is a window into your overall health and all patients benefit from a comprehensive eye examination. Early detection is often critical to prevention and treatment.
Blurry vision can mean many things and healthy eyes also should function at their best – they have to see well in the conditions you face. At Madeira Optical, the doctor refracts and recommends the optimal lenses and lens treatments to the licensed optician. The licensed optician matches your prescription to frames and helps you pick out eyewear that helps you look and feel great – and see your best.
For more reasons on why vision may get blurry, contact Madeira Optical at our office in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can call (513) 561-7076 today to schedule an appointment.