The loss of sharpness of eyesight is known as blurry vision. Objects may appear out of focus or hazy. It can affect both eyes, but it can also occur in only one eye.
Causes of Blurry Vision
It is best to get an eye exam by an optometrist as soon as possible if blurry vision becomes a problem. Waiting worsens the symptoms and could allow permanent damage to occur to your vision.
- Hyperopia (farsightedness) — Symptoms of hyperopia include the inability to focus on objects close up while those far away remain clear. In cases of acute farsightedness, objects in the distance may seem blurry too.
- Myopia (nearsightedness) — Objects at a distance appear blurry, causing squinting, eye strain, and headaches. Myopia is the most common condition when experiencing blurry vision.
- Presbyopia — Age affects a lot of things. Vision included. Presbyopia is the inability to focus on things like newspapers, magazines, and other small print. The hardening of the eye lens causes blurriness.
- Chronic Dry Eye — Dry eye syndrome affects eyes in a variety of ways. It is one of the most common causes of blurry vision.
- Astigmatism — If vision is blurry from all distances, chances are it is a symptom of astigmatism. The cause is an irregularly shaped cornea.
- Pregnancy — During pregnancy, blurry and double vision are common. Hormonal changes can affect the eye. Dry eye syndrome happens in pregnant women too, causing blurred vision.
- Migraines — Flickering lights, halos, and blurred vision are common symptoms of a migraine.
- Medication — Medication like allergy medicine can cause blurred vision and dry eyes.
- Contact Lenses — People sometimes wear disposable contact lenses too long. Protein deposits and debris disrupt vision. It can also give rise to an eye infection.
Blurry vision is scary, whether it is due to something common or life-threatening. It is best to have an optometrist do an eye exam, no matter what. No one wants to risk blindness.
The instantaneous onset of blurred vision could be a symptom of eye herpes, optic neuritis, or even a detached retina. As we age, eye problems can become more prevalent and common. It becomes even more important to visit an eye doctor as you get older. An example of an age-related problem is a macular hole, a macular hole affects people over 60. It is when a small break in the macula, which is located in the center of the retina. It is common to have a macular hole develop in one eye and therefore sometimes it goes unnoticed until it has progressed extensively.
Serving the Wichita area, we at Wichita Optometry begin with the patient. Whether blurry vision or a basic eye exam, seek to meet the vision and ocular health needs.