Why Your Vision is Blurry
By Sara Butler
Blurry vision is a common problem and it’s usually nothing you need to be worried about. It may simply be a sign that you need to see the eye doctor to get a new prescription. Sometimes blurry vision can be a signal of a much more serious problem. That’s why you always need to get to the bottom of your blurry vision. Here are a few things that could be causing it and what you should do.
You Need Glasses
As mentioned, blurry eyesight is often caused by the need for glasses or a new glasses prescription. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism very common, causing light to enter your eye through your lens in a way that prevents it from focusing on the retina, where signals are sent from your eye to your brain to create sight. These issues are easy to fix and in most cases, you simply need glasses or contacts to see sharp again.
It’s Time for Reading Glasses
This one can be difficult to admit, but if you’re having trouble focusing up close when reading or doing other near tasks, it may be because it’s time for reading glasses. As you age, the muscles in your eyes that help you focus don’t work as well as they used to. This results in problems seeing up close and can easily be corrected with glasses. It usually happens to people near or over 40. If this sounds familiar, don’t fight it – go get some glasses!
You Have Pink Eye
Pink eye is caused by the same virus that causes the common cold. It’s not usually serious but can be very easy to catch, especially for school-age kids. It can go away without treatment in one to two weeks, but if your symptoms are severe then you need to seek medical attention, since you may need medication to help clear it up. Itchiness, swelling, and eye irritation can be soothed with cool and warm compresses.
Just makes sure to wash your sheets and pillowcases if you come down with pink eye and also wash your hands often to prevent spreading it.
Cataracts are associated with aging and about half of Americans will have them by the time they turn 75. The lens in the eye becomes thickened with age, causing vision to become blurry as light is prevented from reaching the retina.
Blurry vision may be the only symptom you have, but chances are your optometrist or ophthalmologist will see the signs of cataracts before you do. Just keep up with your regular vision checks as you age to keep on top of the issue.
Blurry vision shouldn't be ignored, so make sure to see an eye doctor if your vision is giving you problems!
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