Have you or your child been experiencing blurry vision? If so, you might need to simply order glasses with a fresh prescription, or you could need your eyes examined by a specialist to look for deeper problems.
At Harlem VistaSite Eye Care in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Brittni Rodriguez, OD, and Sarah Quan, OD, can diagnose the cause of your blurred vision and provide eye care services to resolve the situation.
5 common conditions that blur your vision
Blurred vision should be investigated promptly to prevent more serious issues. Some causes of blurred vision are easily rectified, while others may require eye drops or even surgery. A fast diagnosis can help keep your blurred vision from getting worse and can also help prevent difficulty in school or at work.
1. Refractive error
Nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia) are the most common causes of blurred vision in kids and adults. Fortunately, both can easily be treated with lenses that correct the refractive error and allow you to see more clearly.
Even if you have glasses already, you might still notice some blurring of your vision. This is typically caused by astigmatism (imperfection in the curve of the eye), which can also be corrected with special lenses.
3. Dry eyes
When the eyes fail to properly self lubricate, you’re likely to end up with dry eyes. This can cause itching and pain, as well as blurry vision. Your doctor can treat your case of dry eyes with special prescription eye drops.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and are caused by cloudy or hardened spots on the lens of the eye, which prevents light from reaching the retina, resulting in blurred vision. Cataracts can be treated with surgery to replace the lens of the eye with a new artificial one.
Glaucoma is a condition that happens when pressure builds up inside the eye. This can cause blurred vision, difficulty seeing in the dark, and eventually blindness. It’s more likely to happen to you if a family member of yours has it. Glaucoma can’t be cured, but it can be treated with eye drops, oral medication, and surgery (drains to help relieve pressure in the eye.)
Suffering from long-term or sudden blurry vision? Contact us for an appointment to get your eyes checked as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with the specialists at Harlem VistaSite Eyecare, you can get in touch by calling 646-453-6506 or booking an appointment online.