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Blurred Vision: Causes, Warning Signs & Treatment

by Eric Gathoni

Blurred Vision: Causes, Warning Signs & Treatment
One prevalent issue in eye problems is getting blurry vision. When your vision is not sharp and clear or clouded and dim, making you bump into places or lose track, it is taken as having a blurred vision. This can happen suddenly or develop over a while.
It can be experienced in both eyes or just an eye. This condition can also be experienced as complete vision blurred or just a part of vision getting blurred. This problem of facing hazy vision can be faced for some brief time only or can become a permanent issue.

Situations like this can also come with other symptoms like headaches, sensitivity to light, irritation, or redness, yet blurred vision and headaches are often faced together. 

Causes Of Blurred Vision

  • Focusing on problems such as near-sightedness or far-sightedness.

  • Issues related to the curve of the eye are referred to as astigmatism.

  • Presbyopia, where eye problems of unfocused vision emerge with aging.

  • Dry eye syndrome, in which the body cannot produce the required amount of tears to keep eyes moist.

  • Cataracts are where the lens of an eye or both eyes are clouded, giving you blurred vision.

  • Glaucoma is a common eye problem related to fluid pressure inside the eyes.

  • Situations where the cornea is damaged.

  • Age-related macular degeneration is caused due to damage to the nerves in the eyes.

  • Eye problems related to the retina, such as diabetic retinopathy.

  • An eye infection

  • Any injury to the eye.

Dry tears, Eye allergies, Eyestrain, and Sleeping with contact lenses can also get you blurred vision.

    Hazy vision can also be a symptom of other diseases like diabetes, migraine, stroke, head injury or concussion, low or high blood sugar, skin condition, brain tumor, or Parkinson's disease.

    Sometimes blurred vision can also be a side-effect of any other medication you take.

    Also read: The Eye Problems That You Really Should Not Ignore

    Side effects that can serve as warning signs:

    • Dizziness

    • Severe headache
    • Serious eye pain or sudden vision loss

    • Weakness or numbness in one arm or loss of muscle control

    • A drooping face

    • Loss of balance due to trouble seeing

    • Slurred speech or difficulty in speaking

    • Nausea

    • Ringing in the ear

    • Difficulty in coordination

    Above stated signs mainly cover symptoms of having a stroke or an attack.
      Similarly, some eye problems are faced during migraine situations, such as blind spots, temporary vision loss, or bright flashlights.
      In trauma cases, detected eye problems are dizziness, fatigue, ringing in the ears, confusion, lack of coordination, loss of consciousness, or coma.

      Likewise, eye problems of glaucoma, hazy vision, head or eye pain, redness, nausea or vomiting, and sudden vision loss can occur.


      Blurry vision is a warning sign or symptom in many situations treated as emergency conditions, and their immediate diagnosis becomes necessary.

      Diagnosing such situations can be done with the help of optometrists, ophthalmologists, or combined. This is achieved through some eye tests and physical eye examinations. These steps are taken after noting your history about when and how you started noticing the blur and what actions make it uncontrollable for you, or do you have any family history relating to eye problems.

      Treatment for a diagnosed eye issue

      To detect the actual eye problem and its cause, your doctor may perform eye tests focusing more on the symptoms you described and what they observed. They can also ask you to complete some blood tests to obtain the count of your white blood cells or to detect any bacteria in your blood in case of suspicion.

      Some temporary blurred vision treatments can be done with simple home remedies like haziness from some dust mist, particles, infection, or pet hair, which can be treated with cold compression or eye wash. But in case of blurred vision from some serious issues must be brought to medical attention and treated under observation.

      Wrapping up

      Treatment of your blurry vision will always be according to the cause detected from tests performed. Your medication may include some eye drops, physical or laser surgery, and some tablet intake as per prescription. You may also be prescribed to wear glasses or contact lenses.

      In case of blurred vision resulting from issues of decrease in blood sugar level, your medication will mainly include ways to improve glucose in your blood. This may consist of high sugar-containing food, candies, or juices.