Blurry vision is typically not a symptom that develops overnight; it is a gradual change that occurs over time as the result of changes or abnormalities in the anatomy of the eye. If you have noticed a decrease in the sharpness of your vision, it is important to seek the attention of an eye doctor because there is likely a distinct, treatable cause for this blurriness. Here are some of the most common reasons for blurred vision.
Nearly all individuals who wear corrective lenses are affected by one or more of three refractive conditions: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism. In myopia and hyperopia, the distance between the lens and the retina is either too short or too long, so light is not focused properly. Astigmatism is the result of an oblong-shaped cornea, which causes blurriness in all fields of vision.
This condition is highly common among aging individuals, and it mimics the signs of farsightedness, causing blurriness when trying to read or see up close. It is the result of the stiffening of the lens, which tends to occur as the eye ages.
The eye is protected and cleansed by tears. When there are not enough tears or when the tears produced are of low quality, it results in the sensation of dry eye that can cause disturbances in the vision.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens that focuses light in the eye. As the cataract gets bigger, it will worsen vision because the lens cannot work to adjust light as it needs to. Cataracts typically have to be removed along with the natural lens, so an artificial lens will be needed to preserve vision.
If you are experiencing blurry vision of any type, get your clear sight back with the help of Newsom Eye. We provide treatment for vision problems of all types, from cataracts and retinal damage to refractive and age-related disorders. Call us at (813) 908-2020 or visit our website to schedule a consultation with our Tampa eye doctors.