Many people take their vision for granted, that is, until they start developing problems with their sight. Blurry vision could be a sign of refractive errors, eye allergies, or an early warning symptoms of a serious eye disease. An eye exam from our optometrists at Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX, can uncover the cause of blurry vision so you can get treatment.
Causes of Blurry Vision
A comprehensive eye exam is the first step to treating blurry vision. After evaluating your condition, your optometry specialist in Richardson, TX, will be able to recommend treatment. Treatment options may vary depending on your age, medical history, and the cause of your condition. Here are some of the most common causes of blurry vision.
Refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism can cause blurry vision. If you have myopia, you can see objects close-up, but not at a distance. With hyperopia, it’s just the opposite. You can see well at a distance, but have fuzzy vision up close. People with severe cases of hyperopia may have blurry vision both up close and at a distance. If you have astigmatism, you may experience blurry vision at all distances. Fortunately, most refractive errors can be corrected with prescription eyeglasses, contacts, and eye surgery.
Presbyopia is an age-related condition where you gradually lose your ability to focus on objects up close, causing blurry vision. Many people notice the effects around the age of 40. Presbyopia can be corrected with glasses, contacts, and laser surgery.
Chronic Dry Eye
If you suffer from dry eye, you may experience vision changes due to your eyes’ inability to produce tears. Tears affect the quality of your sight. Insufficient tears will cause your eyes to become red, dry, or irritated, making it difficult to enjoy clear vision. OTC or prescription eye drops can be used to lubricate your eyes to improve your vision.
As you age, the gel-like vitreous within your eyes begin to disintegrate, causing bits of tissue to float around inside your eye. These “floaters” cast shadows over the retina of your eye, blurring your sight. Most floaters fade over time. If the floaters persist to affect your vision, we may recommend laser surgery to correct it.
Blurry vision could be a symptom of serious eye conditions or diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. Early detection of these diseases can make it easier to manage your symptoms.
See Your Optometry Specialist for Blurry Vision
For blurry vision diagnosis and treatment, contact Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX, at 972-231-3439 to schedule an appointment.