Blurry Vision Treatment with our Montpelier, Lancaster, and St. Johnsbury Optometrist
Blurry vision can be very problematical. In some cases, the blurriness comes on very gradually. In some cases, it is so gradual that you don't even realize it at first. In other cases, the blurriness comes on very suddenly. Either way, if you are experiencing blurry vision, you should make an appointment with our optometrist at Shippee Family Eye Care in Lancaster, NH to have your eyes checked.
What Causes Blurred Vision?
In most cases, blurry vision is a sign that you need glasses or that your prescription needs to be updated. There are a few different conditions that can cause your vision to be blurry. These include:
- Nearsightedness (myopia): If you find that your vision is blurry when you try to see objects in the distance, you could be suffering from nearsightedness.
- Farsightedness (hyperopia): If your vision becomes blurry when you try to see things up close, farsightedness could be the reason.
- Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a curvature in the eye's lens which can cause blurry vision.
Medical Conditions That Can Cause Blurry Vision
If you recently went to the optometrist and your eyeglass prescription was updated and you are suffering from blurry vision, there could be a medical condition that is causing it.
- Chronic Dry Eye: If a person has dry eyes are not capable of making enough tears, it can cause them to have a chronic dry eye. This can make their vision blurry. With regular use of artificial tears, the problem can be treated, making your vision less blurry.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a very serious eye disease that in time can cause tunnel vision and then blindness. One of the first symptoms of glaucoma is a blurry vision.
- Cataracts: Over time, protein deposits can build up in the lens of the eye. Not only can cataracts cause cloudy vision, they can also make it blurry. The only way to treat cataracts is with surgery.
- Pregnancy: The hormonal changes that a woman experiences during pregnancy can alter the thickness and the shape of your cornea. This can cause blurry vision. After the pregnancy and the hormones return to normal, the blurry vision will subside.
- Diabetes: If a person has diabetes and they don't have control of their blood sugar level, it can cause a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This can damage the retina and make the vision blurry. If it goes untreated, it can result in blindness. In many cases, one of the first symptoms that a person experiences before they are diagnosed with diabetes is a blurry vision.
- Other Serious Medical Conditions: There are a few serious medical conditions such as stroke, brain hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, and a brain tumor that can cause blurry vision. If a person is experiencing blurry vision, there is a good chance the cause is not serious, however, it is best to make an appointment with an optometrist to be sure.
How Can Having a Regular Eye Exam Can Detect Blurry Vision
As mentioned above, blurry vision can come on very gradually. Because of this, it is important that you see the eye doctor every year. If the blurry vision is caused by a serious eye or medical condition, the sooner it is caught the better.
Contact Our Shippee Family Eye Care in Lancaster, NH Today!
If you are experiencing blurry vision, you should make an appointment with one of the doctors of optometry at Shippee Family Eye Care. We have offices in Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier. The sooner you get to the root of the problem, the sooner you will be able to see more clearly. Call us today at (603) 788-3561!