What is blurry vision?
Blurry vision is the loss of sharpness of eyesight, making objects appear out of focus and hazy. The primary causes of blurred vision are refractive errors — nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism — or presbyopia. Blurry vision can also be a symptom of more serious problems.
These problems may include a potentially sight-threatening eye disease or neurological disorder. Blurred vision can affect both eyes, but some people experience blurry vision in one eye only.
Cloudy vision obscures objects and causes vision to appear “milky.” It is similar to blurry vision and is sometimes indistinguishable. Cloudy vision is usually a symptom of specific conditions such as cataracts.
What are the symptoms of blurred vision?
Blurred vision can affect your entire line of sight or just parts of your vision. This could include your peripheral vision, or how you see to the right or left of your field of vision. You can also experience blurred vision in only one eye.
Other ways to describe blurred vision include clouded or dim vision.
What are the causes of blurred vision?
There can be many causes of blurred vision. Examples of common causes are:
- refractive errors, such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism
- abrasions to the cornea
- age-related macular degeneration
- corneal opacification, or scarring
- infectious retinitis
- optic neuritis
- retinopathy, such as diabetic retinopathy
- trauma or injury to the eyes
People with diabetes can also experience blurred vision if their blood sugar levels fluctuate significantly.
How is blurred vision treated?
When blurred vision is the result of a decrease in blood sugar, treatments include consuming foods high in fast-acting sugars. This includes juice and candies. You can also take glucose tablets that will increase your blood sugar quickly.
Other treatments for blurred vision can depend on the condition that’s causing your symptoms. They can include eye drops, laser surgeries, or medications to control the underlying conditions.
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