Causes and Treatments for Blurry Vision
Blurry vision may be a warning sign of eye disease. It can affect both eyes (bilateral blurred vision), or just one eye (unilateral blurred vision). In either case, it should be immediately addressed whether it happens rarely or quite often.
When your vision is blurry you can not see the fine details of an object which can be quite frustrating. Any kind of vision loss, including blurry vision or even blindness, can indicate a variety of different disorders, ranging from retinal detachments to migraines to glaucoma – and perhaps potential blindness.
Therefore, if you are experiencing any blurred vision, no matter how old you are, visit your doctor and get an exam. It may be an important indicator of a more serious condition.
Symptoms of Blurry Vision
Some blurred vision symptoms may affect both or just one eye, and are typically a result of some other primary cause. Some of the symptoms may include:
– Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
– Loss of peripheral and / or central vision
– Eye pain and discharge
– Poor nearby vision
– Seeing eye floaters or spots
– Itchy, dry eyes
– Bleeding from the eye
– Increased production of tears
– Bloodshot eyes
– Poor nighttime vision
Causes of Blurred Vision
As previously mentioned, blurred vision may be an indicator of a more serious underlying problem. The list is long, so here are just a few of the more common causes:
– Nearsightedness (myopia)
– Decreased ability to focus (presbyopia)
– Dry eyes
– Refractive eye conditions: may indicate the need for corrective lenses or a new lens prescription
– Cataracts: causes the eye lens to develop cloudiness
– Migraines: blurred vision may occur prior to developing a migraine
– Other eye disorders such as macular degeneration or glaucoma
– Contact lenses: damaged or dirty contact lenses can produce blurred vision
Alleviating Blurry Vision
If you notice your vision getting blurry, make an appointment to see your eye doctor. Depending on the seriousness of your disorder, there may be a vast range of treatment options available to you. Here are a few suggestions you may try to get your vision back in focus.
Reading Glasses –
Reading glasses can either be prescribed or purchased at a local store. Buying off the rack is the obvious money-saving solution. Try to pick a pair with the lowest magnifying power as possible. If everyday reading glasses can not help you, try various kinds of other eyeglasses such as bifocals or computer glasses, or perhaps multifocal contact lenses will work best for you.
Contact Lenses –
Using two different powered contact lenses can trick your brain – one lens for near vision and the other for distance. Wearing different contacts in this manner is referred to as monovision (blended vision). Monovision lenses let the brain instinctively focus the eyes for both near and far away vision.
Clean Your Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses –
It's very important to keep your eyeglasses or contact lenses clean at all times. Many times, debris or oil can accumulate on the lenses and produce fuzzy or blurry vision. Talk to your professional eye-care practitioner about which cleaning solution best suits you since not every solution is compatible with every type of lens.