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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Visual field defect

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Eye pain

  • Blurring of vision

  • double vision

Possible Causes

  • Macular edema

    Macular edema is the buildup of fluid in the macula, the area in your retina responsible for central vision. Macular edema occurs when there is fluid leading to swelling in the macula. This buildup of fluid will lead to blurring of vision and vision loss in severe cases. Macular edema can be commonly caused by a blockage in your retinal arteries or veins as well as diabetes.

  • Diabetic retinopathy

    Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that causes vision loss in patients with diabetes. due to damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Your retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of your eyes and responsible for turning the light signals your eyes receive into images in your brain. These damaged vessels in the retina will result in blurring of vision or even vision loss.

  • Branch retinal vein occlusion

    The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eyes. It is responsible for turning the light signals your eyes receive into images in your brain. Your retina has one main artery and one main vein. When branches of the retinal vein become blocked, it is called branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). The obstruction in the vein might cause leakage of blood and fluid into the retina, resulting in blurry vision and even vision loss.

  • Central retinal vein occlusion
  • Age-related macular degeneration

Related Serious Diseases

  • Central retinal artery occlusion

    Blockage of the artery that supplies the eye. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. In some cases, hypercoagulability (tendency to form blood clots) may be present.

  • Retinal detachment

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do things in your vision look distorted?

  • Have you been told that you strain your eyes when you look at faraway objects?

  • Do you have redness, pain, or itching in your eyes?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have problems moving your eyes in a specific direction?

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