Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Blurry Vision

Blurry vision is a common complaint that affects individuals of all ages. The possible causes of this frustrating visual distortion are many. The good news? Regardless of what’s causing your blurry vision, an eye care specialist can help.

The board-certified ophthalmologists at University Ophthalmology in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, Illinois, are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect your vision and eye health.

Well-known and highly regarded for their comprehensive approach to eye care that includes some of the most sophisticated diagnostic technology available in their field, these talented physicians excel at providing outstanding eye care in a warm and welcoming environment.

Read what these experts have to say about the causes of blurry vision and why you should not ignore the symptoms.

What is blurry vision?

Blurred vision causes objects in your line of sight to appear out of focus or fuzzy and blurred rather than crisply detailed and defined. It may affect one eye or both eyes and could distort everything you see or involve just portions of your visual field, such as your peripheral (side) vision. 

People often describe blurriness as cloudy or dim vision that feels like someone lowered the lights in a room or pulled a curtain over a bright window.

Depending on the cause of your blurry vision, it may be apparent every time you open your eyes or come and go periodically throughout the day. It can also occur at certain times of the day or with certain activities, such as reading or working on a computer.

What causes blurry vision?

Numerous conditions cause blurry vision. The most common are refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.

Presbyopia is another common refractive error that causes changes in your near vision due to aging. This condition is often treated with bifocal lenses or “readers.”

Other conditions that may cause blurred vision include:

Certain medications, such as diuretics, can also cause blurred vision.

Diagnosing and treating blurry vision

Before we can treat your blurry vision, we must understand what’s causing the problem. At University Ophthalmology, we offer a comprehensive eye exam that evaluates potential refractive errors as well as the overall health of your eyes.

The exam is painless and uses some of the most sophisticated technology available to provide a real-time look at the surface of your eye as well as the inner structures that make vision possible, such as the lens, retina, and tiny blood vessels within the eye.

We also take time to discuss your symptoms in detail. Depending on the results of your evaluation, we may recommend:

It’s important to note that sudden blurring or other change in your vision could indicate a serious condition such as retinal detachment or stroke that requires immediate medical condition.

Otherwise, if blurry vision makes it hard to see the details, schedule a visit by phone or online at University Ophthalmology today. We’re here to help.

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