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  • Find it hard to focus my vision

  • I can't see from my right eye

  • Left eye is blurred

  • My eyesight is getting worse

  • Focusing my vision is diffcult

  • I can't see from my left eye

  • Right eye blurred

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Visual impairment refers to a loss of vision that cannot be corrected to normal vision, even when the person is wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. It can range from low vision to total blindness.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Poor vision

Possible causes

  • 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.

  • 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 neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occurs in those with long-term diabetes. High blood sugar can damage nerves throughout the body, most commonly in the legs and feet.

  • Cataracts
  • Pathologic myopia

  • Diabetic macular edema (DME)

  • Branch retinal vein occlusion
  • Migraine
  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)
  • Myasthenia gravis

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel that your eyesight is worsening recently?

  • Are you unable to see out from one eye?

  • Do you strain your eyes when you try to look at close or distant objects?

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

  • Do you have a fever?

Other Related Symptoms

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References

  • Pascolini D, Mariotti SP. Global estimates of visual impairment: 2010. Br J Ophthalmol. 2012 May;96(5):614-8. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2011-300539. Epub 2011 Dec 1. PMID: 22133988.

    https://bjo.bmj.com/content/96/5/614

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