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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Blurred vision refers to the lack of sharp vision resulting in difficulty seeing fine details.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Photophobia

  • Eye pain

  • Visual field defect

  • 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.

  • Cataracts

    Degeneration of the lens inside the eye, causing it to become opaque. As a result, lights appear glaring and vision becomes blurred. In the elderly, cataracts are usually caused by aging, In children however, it may be due to genetic conditions, drugs, or viral infections while in the womb.

  • 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.

  • Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease
  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)
  • Acromegaly
  • Malignant hypertension

Related Serious Diseases

  • Retinal detachment

    An eye condition that causes holes to appear in the vision when looking at things. The cause is a peeling off of the retina (sensing layer of the eye). This is usually due to aging, eye injury or diabetes.

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