Last Updated on January 28, 2023 by Tabraiz
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While blurry, hazy, unfocused vision is the most frequent eyesight problem, it’s usually not something to worry about. It might actually be time to check your prescription and get an eye exam.
However, in some instances, it could indicate something serious. Here’s what to do when blurriness occurs frequently.
Get Prescription Glasses or a New Prescription
Refractive problems such as hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism are the most common causes of blurred vision. This tends to be the issue when the shape of your eye retains light from hitting your retina directly.
The good thing is that refractive defects are simple to correct. A prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist should do for glasses or contact lenses.
In rare cases, you might require LASIK laser surgery to alter your cornea’s shape. Keep in mind lasik may only help your eyes for a period of time, as you get older your eyesight may worsen again, this all depends on your eye condition and age.
Get a Conjunctivitis Exam
Adenoviruses, which can also cause the common cold, pneumonia, and sore throats, typically cause conjunctivitis or pink eye. It can spread rapidly in educational establishments and crowded settings, despite the condition’s typically benign nature.
Conjunctivitis typically resolves on its own within one to two weeks, but if your symptoms are severe, consult your doctor about antibiotics.
Meanwhile, use cool compresses to treat itching, warm compresses to alleviate swelling, or over-the-counter eye medications to soothe irritation.
Avoid Sleeping with Your Contact Lenses
Misusing contact lenses might cause blurriness. Every time you blink, your contact lenses create microscopic scratches on the surface of your eye. Infectious bacteria can become trapped behind the lens and enter the scratches.
Sleeping with your contacts provides the ideal environment for these organisms to flourish and cause corneal ulcers.
Always remove [contact lenses] at night or discard disposable lenses at the day’s end.
Have Your Eyes Examined for Infection
Eye infections that cause corneal damage can occur without contact lenses. The herpes simplex virus is the leading cause of corneal infections, which manifests as herpes keratitis.
It can be transmitted by touching a cold sore on the lips and then contacting the eyes. Infections can also be caused by fungi and bacteria that enter the eye following an injury.
It is advisable to undergo an eye exam to establish if infections are causing blurry vision. Your optometrist should test your eye muscle movements in order to examine the health of your eyes with magnification and light.
Eye drops (such as antivirals, antibiotics, and antifungals) are effective treatments. However, prevention is the most effective technique for eye infection protection.
Your cornea will perform much of the prophylactic job. The cornea is a truly remarkable structure. It contains an abundance of antibodies that kill on contact.
If You’re Older, Get Checked for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
As you age, you’re more likely to damage the macula, which lets you perceive details and objects in front of you.
Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of central vision loss among older persons. This can make everyday activities like driving and reading more difficult.
There is no cure for early AMD; however, some vitamins and minerals can reduce the progression of the disease in those with intermediate AMD and late AMD in one eye.
You can reduce your risk for AMD by engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining good blood pressure and cholesterol levels, quitting smoking, and consuming abundant green, leafy vegetables, and fish.
Multiple aspects of your health can be affected by stress and worry, including your eyesight. It can cause pupils to dilate needlessly, and adrenaline can raise eye pressure.
While the long-term effects of stress on the eyes vary, most moderate discomfort can be alleviated by naturally reducing your stress level.
However, chronically elevated stress levels can cause irreversible visual loss. Keep a healthy lifestyle by taking visual breaks from computers and technology and embracing other stress-relieving hobbies, such as meditation and exercise, to combat stress-related vision disorders.
While blurriness can happen due to minor issues, it can be a sign or symptom of significant health issues. Thus, it’s best to consult your trusted doctor and fix the issue promptly. Have your blurry vision checked today!