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DITCH THE BLURRED VISION

March 15, 2021

Blurry, hazy, cloudy…however you describe your impaired vision, it should be addressed. Experiencing mild blurry vision from time to time shouldn’t be too concerning, but continuous blurred vision could be a symptom of a more serious problem and if left untreated, could cause irreversible eye damage or vision loss.

Blurred vision can impact daily activities such as working, driving, reading, or playing sports. A problem with any of the components of the eye, such as the cornea, retina, or optic nerve, can cause blurred vision. Blurry vision may also be a symptom of eye strain, lack of sleep, allergies, migraine headache, medications, a change in your eyeglass prescription or wearing disposable contact lenses too long. Other common causes include:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia) symptoms is the most common refractive error and causes objects in the distance appear blurred in one or both eyes.
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia) symptoms cause objects to appear blurred when viewed close up. Severe hyperopia may even cause distance objects to appear blurry.
  • Astigmatism is usually caused by an irregularly shaped cornea and causes blurred vision at all distances.
  • Presbyopia is a normal age-related vision problem that typically sneaks up on those who are 40 and older. Many rely on reading glasses (readers) to view objects up close and small print.
  • Dry Eye Syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Treatment includes OTC artificial tears, prescription medication or punctal plugs.
  • Pregnancy or Menopause is known to cause blurry, dry eyes and even double vision due to hormonal changes changing the shape and thickness of the cornea. Since there’s no single test available for doctors to diagnose a hormonal imbalance, it’s best to discuss hormonal changes with your physician, as well as your eye doctor for the best treatment options.

Most of these refractive errors mentioned above can be treated with eyeglasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK. Presbyopia treatments may include reading glasses, progressive lenses, bifocals or surgery options including corneal inlays, or monovision LASIK.


Sudden changes to your eyesight aren't normal, so if they happen, it’s important to see your doctor right away. Dr. Stewart Shofner diagnoses and treats most eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Shofner Vision Center is accepting new patients and accepts most all insurance. Ditch the blurred vision and schedule your eye exam online or call our office at (615) 340-4733.

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