Blurred Vision

Blurred Vision-What is this

Having blurred vision means that you cannot see things clearly. Your vision may seem fuzzy or out of focus. It can involve your vision for objects that are close or far away.

It may affect one or both eyes. There are many causes of blurred vision, including cataracts, macular degeneration, eye inflammation (uveitis), and diabetic retinopathy.

In many cases, blurred vision has to do with the shape of your eye. An abnormal eye shape means you cannot focus well (refractive error). When this happens, it can cause:

  • Faraway objects to look blurry (nearsightedness).
  • Close objects to look blurry (farsightedness).
  • Blurry vision at any distance (astigmatism).

Refractive errors are often corrected with glasses or contacts.

Blurred vision can be diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical exam. Tell your health care provider about any other health problems you have, any recent eye injury, and any prior surgeries. You may need to see a health care provider who specializes in eye problems (ophthalmologist). Your treatment will depend on what is causing your blurred vision.

Follow these instructions at home:

  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important. These include any visits to your eye specialists.
  • Do notdrive or use heavy machinery if your vision is blurry.
  • Use eye drops only as told by your health care provider.
  • If you were prescribed glasses or contact lenses, wear the glasses or contacts as told by your health care provider.
  • Schedule eye exams regularly.
  • Pay attention to any changes in your symptoms.

Contact a health care provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not improve or they get worse.
  • You have:
    • New symptoms.
    • A headache.
    • Trouble seeing at night.
    • Trouble noticing the difference between colors.
  • You notice:
    • Drooping of your eyelids.
    • Drainage coming from your eyes.
    • A rash around your eyes.

Get help right away if:

  • You have:
    • Severe eye pain.
    • A severe headache.
    • A sudden change in vision.
    • A sudden loss of vision.
    • A vision change after an injury.
  • You notice flashing lights in your field of vision. Your field of vision is the area that you can see without moving your eyes.

Summary

  • Having blurred vision means that you cannot see things clearly. Your vision may seem fuzzy or out of focus.
  • There are many causes of blurred vision. In many cases, blurred vision has to do with an abnormal eye shape (refractive error), and it can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
  • Pay attention to any changes in your symptoms. Contact a health care provider if your symptoms do not improve or if you have any new symptoms.
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