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What are Some Treatments for Blurry Vision?

By Adam Hill
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Our vision is one of the primary ways in which we perceive the world around us, so any type of vision loss or impairment is of great concern. Many of the causes of blurry vision and other vision ailments are serious medical conditions, while others are minor and simple to correct. The best treatment for blurry vision will depend on what is causing it in the patient.

Blurry vision should be distinguished from other similar conditions affecting vision. It is also important to determine whether it is one or both eyes which are affected. Another thing which will help decide the correct treatment is whether the vision problem occurs constantly or intermittently, and if it seems to be brought on by any environmental factors.

The most common cause of blurred vision is the need for corrective lenses. If the cornea or the eye itself has the incorrect shape, light will not focus directly on the retina, and as a result, images will always appear blurry if they are too close or too far away. Correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism is often easily accomplished by glasses or contact lenses. An incorrect prescription for glasses or contacts may also lead to blurry vision.

Slightly more serious eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma may require treatment by surgery or medication, respectively. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States, and is very safe. In certain cases, blurriness occurs due to the taking of certain medications such as birth control drugs, blood pressure medication, and anti-depressants. If you and your doctor establish a link between these drugs and your vision problems, it may be best to discontinue use or find a substitute. In people with diabetes, changes in blood sugar levels can cause blurry vision, and these can be treated and controlled by proper regulation of glucose levels.

Although there are numerous possible causes for blurry vision, hypertension and diabetes are probably the biggest risk factors, other than simple refractive disorders that can be corrected by glasses. These conditions can cause the deterioration of the lens and retina of the eye at a faster-than-normal rate. Because of this, keeping these conditions well-managed is essential to maintaining clear and healthy vision throughout one’s life. A diet with plenty of vitamin A has also been shown to support long-term eye health.

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Discussion Comments

By OhDeDoh — On Jun 24, 2011

@trekker- Since you haven’t been wearing your contacts for very long, the adjustment to contact lenses is probably what causes your blurry vision. Give your optometrist a call if you are concerned. I wear contacts, too. I had some blurring in the beginning.

Do you have astigmatism? I do, and when my lenses shift, sometimes my vision gets blurry. You can try adding contact safe eye drops and gently rubbing your closed eyelid. That might help reposition the contact.

Also, make sure you aren’t getting protein build up. That can cause blurry vision, too. Sometimes getting the right lens solution can make a big difference. Hope that helps!

By trekker — On Jun 21, 2011

Has anyone else had problems with blurry vision with contacts in? I recently switched from glasses to contacts. Maybe I’m just not transitioning very well.

By liz1103 — On Jun 19, 2011

When I was pregnant, I had increased vision problems. I was already wearing corrective lenses, but they were no longer helping enough. My doctor told me I might continue to see changes in my vision throughout my pregnancy. Because of this, I had to wait until after my son was born to update my eyeglass prescription.

There was a significant change in the strength of my prescription. It was so nice to get my new glasses and have no more blurry vision. I am pretty dependent on my glasses and the change was great. If you have blurry vision, maybe it is just time to get your eyes checked.

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