What causes blurred vision?

Blurred vision is a nuisance, especially if you are used to having perfect vision. In some cases, your optician can help with new glasses or contact lenses and this is a good place to start.

As we get older we all lose the ability to read things closer to us, so the probability of having blurred vision increases. This is known as presbyopia. It usually happens around the age of 45. You start to hold your book or newspaper further away and this helps at first. However, the need for reading glasses is eventually universal.

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Do not ignore the symptoms of blurred vision

Needing glasses for distance and near work does not usually signify a serious problem with your eyes. However, there are some symptoms associated with blurred vision that you should not ignore and when you should see an ophthalmologist promptly:

  • if straight lines look distorted or crooked,
  • if the blurred vision is painful or you feel sick with it or
  • if there is a shadow in your vision through which you cannot see

These symptoms are associated with retinal problems such as macular degeneration, acute glaucoma or retinal detachment. Prompt examination and treatment can save your vision, so if there is something unusual or sudden about your blurred vision, please book an urgent appointment with an ophthalmologist. My expert team and I am very experienced in all types of ophthalmic emergencies and will be able to offer you the best advice and treatment.