Should I See an Eye Specialist for Blurry Vision?

We’ve all experienced blurry vision at some point. It’s something that’s easy to pass off as trivial and sometimes, it indeed is. But at other times, blurry vision could be a symptom of a more pressing issue. You may be left wondering if you should see an eye specialist doctor in this context or not. We’ll try and answer that question in this post. 

Frequency and Intensity

It’s important to keep a check on how often you experience bouts of blurry vision and its intensity. If it’s a mild degree of blurriness and not a chronic issue, you can go to your local pharmacy and ask for appropriate eye drops. If that helps provide you respite, great! it may be worth consulting an eye specialist. 

Lifestyle and Habits 

Our lifestyle, location, and habits can contribute to blurry vision. For example,

  • If you live in a polluted Indian metropolitan like Delhi NCR, it is indeed possible that the pollution is causing your blurry vision. 
  • If you’ve been prescribed glasses but choose not to wear them most of the time – one more possible reason why your vision is being compromised. 

Additional Questions Checklist

Ask yourself these questions if you are suffering from a blurry vision:

  • Do you use your phone screen for more than 4 hours a day?
  • Do you work with a computer every day?
  • Are you above the age of 50?
  • Did you injure your eye(s) recently?
  • Did your eyes suffer from an infection recently?
  • Are you a heart patient?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it may be likely that you’re suffering from or may suffer from blurry vision. However, in order to find out how serious this condition is, it’s important to visit an eye specialist.

When is Blurry Vision a Serious Issue?

Blurry vision can be a serious issue when it is chronic or recurring. Here’s a list of accompanying signs to watch out for along with blurry vision. These are additional indicators of a potentially severe condition that warrants a visit to an eye specialist.

  • Unusually droopy eyes or face
  • Extreme, persistent headaches
  • Paralysis on one side of the body
  • Slurred or otherwise compromised speech
  • When the blurriness is at an extreme degree
  • Experiencing a ‘black out’, near blackout, or having difficulty seeing

Serious Causes of Blurry Vision

Retinal detachment

When separation begins to form between the eye and the supportive issue.

Cataract

Cloudiness on the lens of the eye. Often observed in people older than 50.

Diabetes

Blurry eyes are one of the symptoms of diabetes. 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is related to nerve damage. In this, the optic nerve is affected.

Damaged cornea

The cornea is a thin layer that lies over major parts of the eye like the iris and pupil. It directly plays a role in receiving light, which is an essential part of the process of vision formation. 

Less Serious Causes of Blurry Vision

Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to dry eyes, which can lead to blurry vision.

Wrong Glasses

It’s possible that the power of your glasses has changed and you need an upgrade.

Temporary low blood sugar levels

This can lead to fatigue and sleepiness, sometimes accompanied by blurred vision. Just eating a fast-acting source of sugar, such as a cookie, can help solve this problem.

So, to sum it up, if you’re suffering from a blurry vision:

Step 1:

Try and assess if the cause may be something you can take care of it on your own such as getting restful sleep, wearing your glasses regularly, and getting your blood sugar levels up by eating something sugary. 

Step 2:

If the issue persists, visit your local pharmacist and ask for eye drops.

Step 3:

If the issue still persists, visit an eye specialist doctor as it may be an indication of a more serious issue. 

And remember, if you’re ever in any doubt, seek professional help immediately because eye-related issues can be time sensitive and require immediate care.

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