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As an optometry practice, we see a lot of people with blurry vision. However, there are many causes of blurred vision, some of which are more serious than others. In most cases, you should have your blurred vision evaluated by our doctor here at our Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian in Meridian, MS.
The most common causes of blurred vision are refractive errors, which are not serious but do need correction:
The most common form of correction for these errors is either eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, the first three can be treated through the use of laser surgery, as well. One study showed that people with untreated refractive errors, even minor ones, experienced more problems in life, so it is important to pursue correction for these issues.
There are a number of other things that can make your vision temporarily or permanently blurred:
These causes of blurred vision are often harmless, but you should be evaluated if you believe that you are suffering from any of them. Blurred vision due to excessive contact wearing, for example, may not be harmful itself, but continuing to wear the contacts inappropriately could eventually harm your vision. It is also important to rule out more serious conditions.
Serious causes of blurred vision include several different eye diseases:
Glaucoma tends to cause loss of vision around the edges, while macular degeneration is more likely to cause blurred central vision. Cataracts and diabetic retinopathy often blur your entire field of vision. Cataracts, in particular, may cause vision to be cloudy as well as blurred. If your vision suddenly becomes blurry, you may be having an ocular emergency such as a detached retina and need to seek immediate help.
People with blurry vision should see our doctor to address their symptoms. Often, the answer is as simple as a pair of glasses, but that pair of glasses can make a big difference in your life. A proper prescription can help relieve eyestrain, headaches, and other symptoms of uncorrected refractive errors.
People who do not have issues with their vision right now should also be sure to schedule regular appointments. Many eye diseases cause vision loss that cannot be reversed, but it may be possible to diagnose the disease before symptoms are apparent through regular vision exams.
Whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian can help you keep your eyes healthy. Our optometry practice treats patients who need glasses, treatment for issues like dry eye, and serious medical problems. To make an appointment, call us at 601-485-2020.