Our Optometrist in Seattle Discusses Blurry Vision
Dealing with blurry vision? Our Seattle & Bellevue optometry doctor at Spex Eye Care is able to help. Read on to learn about possible causes of blurry vision, different conditions that can cause blurry vision, and why regular eye exams are important for your eye health.
Possible Causes of Blurry Vision
Blurry vision is typically caused by refractive problems within the eye, and can typically be corrected with glasses or contacts. It's also possible for blurry vision to be caused by diseases that threaten sight, or by neurological problems. It's impossible to tell what's causing blurry vision without a visit to a qualified, experienced optometrist.
Conditions That Cause Blurry Vision
When blurry vision is caused by nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism (which causes blurred vision at all distances), the issue is easily corrected by wearing glasses or contacts. Presbyopia is a common age-related condition that causes blurry vision when reading. Blurry vision is also common during pregnancy and after LASIK surgery.
While most causes of blurry vision are not vision-threatening, that is not the case for all causes of blurry vision. If you're over age 60 and noticing sudden blurry vision, it's possible that you may be experiencing a macular hole in the retina or a detached retina. Both of these conditions can cause a permanent loss of vision. Blurry vision that includes a tunnel vision effect can be a sign of glaucoma, which can eventually cause permanent blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is also a cause of blurry vision that can result in permanent blindness if left untreated.
Importance of Regular Eye Exams
Since you need a qualified optometry doctor to determine the cause of your blurry vision, it's important to have regular eye exams. While some causes of blurry vision are easily fixed, others can be vision threatening and require immediate medical attention. Blurry vision is often easily confused with cloudy vision, and cloudy vision can be a sign of cataracts. Our optometry doctor will be able to determine the cause of your blurry vision and develop a treatment plan (if necessary) to help you begin to see clearly again.
Contact Us at Spex Eye Care in Seattle to Schedule an Appointment Today
If you're experiencing blurry vision, it's important that you see an eye care professional right away to diagnose and treat your eyes. Regardless of your current vision, it's important that you see an optometry doctor for regular eye exams. Make an appointment with our Seattle & Bellevue optometrist at Spex Eye Care by calling 206-682-9515.