Blurry Vision: Causes and Treatments
If you have blurry vision, objects appear hazy and out of focus. Blurry vision can be caused by a number of factors including visual refractions, eye injury, and eye diseases. Your vision may be blurred in only one eye or both. An eye exam from Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia SC can determine the cause of this vision problem so you can get treatment. If you’re currently experiencing blurry vision, see your SC optometry specialist for an eye checkup.
Causes and Treatments
Here are some of the most common causes of blurry vision:
Myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) – Blurry vision is a common symptom of both myopia and hyperopia. With myopia, you may also experience eye strain, frequent headaches and squinting. Myopia is a refractive error that keeps you from seeing objects at a distance clearly, while hyperopia makes it difficult to see objects nearby. Your eye doctor can correct both of these problems with eyeglasses, contacts, or refractive (LASIL or PRK) surgeries.
Astigmatism – If you have astigmatism, the cornea of your eye is shaped irregularly, affecting your ability to see clearly. The result is blurry vision at all distances. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed with corrective eyewear or refractive surgery.
Presbyopia – Presbyopia is an age-related condition that causes blurry near vision in people 40 years of age and older. This makes it difficult to read books, newspapers, etc., with small print. Progressive lenses, reading glasses, and bifocals are the most common treatments for this condition. In severe cases, your optometry specialist may recommend surgery.
Chronic Dry Eye – Dry eye syndrome produces numerous symptoms, one of which is blurry vision. For mild cases, artificial tears can help you see more clearly. Your eye doctor may also recommend prescription medications to lubricate your eyes to help clear up your vision.
Overuse of Contacts – Overuse of contact lenses can cause blurry vision due to buildup of debris on the lens. To avoid this problem, consult with your eye doctor concerning the safe use of contact lenses and follow his counsel diligently.
Eye Diseases/Medical Conditions - Blurry vision could also be caused by eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts or by medical conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease. If you suddenly experience blurred vision, contact your optometrist immediately for a checkup to determine the cause of this symptom.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Your Columbia, SC, Optometrist
Any time you have major changes in your vision, you should see your eye doctor for a checkup. To schedule an eye exam with Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia, SC, call (803) 254-6306 today.