Blurry vision can make it difficult to see objects close up, at a distance, or both. Any sudden vision change is cause for concern. There are several reasons your vision might be blurry. Curtis R. Anderson, O.D. will work with you to identify and address what is causing your blurry vision. There are many causes of blurry vision, and most of them are treatable.
The most common cause of blurry vision is a refractive error. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, causes objects in the distance to appear blurry. Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, causes close-up objects to appear blurry. Astigmatism can cause both close and distant objects to appear blurry.
Presbyopia is often confused with hyperopia, but the two are completely different. Presbyopia most often occurs after the age of 40. As you get older, your cornea becomes less elastic, which makes it harder for you to focus on close objects. Blurry vision is the most common symptom of presbyopia.
Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated. It can also occur if your tears are of poor quality, leading to your tears evaporating before they can lubricate your eyes. One of the main symptoms of dry eye is blurry vision.
Glaucoma occurs when the pressure in your eye increases, damaging the optic nerve. In the early stages, glaucoma is often symptomless. As the condition progresses, you will begin to experience symptoms, one of which is blurry vision.
Diabetes affects many parts of your body, including your eyes. When diabetes affects your eyes, it is known as diabetic retinopathy. If you have had diabetes for a long time, or if you have poor control of your blood sugar, diabetic retinopathy can occur. The condition is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye, causing blurry vision.
Macular degeneration occurs when the macula thins out, causing a variety of symptoms, including the loss of your central vision. In the early stages, blurry vision is a common symptom.
Cataracts occur when your eye's natural lens becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see. The most common symptom is cloudy vision, which patients say is like looking out a dirty window.
Computer vision occurs when you spend too much time in front of digital screens. This condition causes blurry vision and can be diagnosed during your annual eye exam.
Eye Care in Lawrence
Your vision is one of your most important senses. It allows you to live an independent life while enjoying the beautiful views of the world. If your vision has suddenly become blurry, it is not something that should be taken lightly. Several conditions cause blurry vision; therefore, you should schedule an appointment with Curtis R. Anderson, O.D. in Lawrence to determine the cause of your vision change. Proper eye care is essential in preserving your vision as long as possible. For more information on blurry vision or to schedule an appointment, call us at (785) 843-8200.