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Blurred Vision

Blurred Vision

Blurred vision is the loss of sharpness of vision and the inability to see small details. Any changes in your vision whether sudden or gradual should be checked out by an eye specialist.

There are many causes for vision changes including eye disease, a medicine side effect, or a condition like diabetes. Vision changes should never be ignored. They can get worse leading to permanent vision loss, which could cause a big change in the quality of your life.

Home Care

  1. Take measures to prevent falling at home.

    • Keep walkways clear of objects you may trip over. Use non-slip pads under rugs.

    • Do not walk in poorly lit areas.

    • Be cautious when going up and down curbs, and walking on uneven sidewalks.

  2. Brighter lighting in your home may help you see better.

Follow Up

with an eye specialist or as advised by our staff. Some people misunderstand what kind of eye doctor they should see. There are two types to consider:

  • An optometrist is a licensed doctor of optometry (but not a medical doctor). They specialize in eye exams and may diagnose some eye problems. They also prescribe glasses and contact lenses.

  • An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specialize in eye care. They diagnose and treat all eye diseases, prescribe medicines and perform eye surgery. They may also prescribe glasses and contact lenses.

An optometrist can provide a basic screening eye exam for much less cost than an ophthalmologist. The optometrist can tell you if your condition needs the services of an ophthalmologist.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Sudden change in your vision

  • Eye pain, redness, or discharge from your eyelid

  • Blurriness

  • Dark spots in your field of vision

  • Halos around lights

  • Floaters (dots or strings moving across your field of vision)

  • Sudden flash of light inside your eye

  • Dimness of vision

  • Partial or complete loss of vision


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