Having blurred vision means that you cannot see things clearly. Your vision may seem fuzzy or out of focus. Blurred vision is a very common symptom of an eye or vision problem. Blurred vision is often a gradual blur that occurs in one eye or both eyes. There are many causes of blurred vision, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
Blurred vision can be diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical exam. Tell your health care provider about any other health problems you have, any recent eye injury, and any prior surgeries. You may need to see a health care provider who specializes in eye problems (ophthalmologist). Your treatment depends on what is causing your blurred vision.
- Tell your health care provider about any changes in your blurred vision.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if your vision is blurry.
- Keep all follow-up visits as directed by your health care provider. This is important.
- Your symptoms get worse.
- You have new symptoms.
- You have trouble seeing at night.
- You have trouble seeing up close or far away.
- You have trouble noticing the difference between colours.
- You have severe eye pain.
- You have a severe headache.
- You have flashing lights in your field of vision.
- You have a sudden change in vision.
- You have a sudden loss of vision.
- You have vision change after an injury.
- You notice drainage coming from your eyes.
- You notice a rash around your eyes.