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Blurry vision doesn't really sound like a serious issue; however, a decrease in the sharpness of your vision can hinder your daily life. Not to mention, blurry vision is sometimes a symptom of a serious eye problem. Regain your ability to live life normally by seeing an optometry expert at L.P. Britt, PA, serving Tupelo, MS and the surrounding area.
If you have issues with your focus or your vision appears hazy, it may result from a refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition that causes objects far away to appear blurry. Hyperopia, on the other hand, causes blurred vision when you focus on objects close up. If you have severe farsightedness, objects far away may even appear blurry. Astigmatism arises from an irregularly shaped cornea that causes light to reflect improperly on your retina, possibly leading to blurred vision at all distances. Presbyopia is an error that occurs in those who are 40 or older and causes blurry vision when you look at up close objects like when you read a book.
Other causes of blurry vision include dry eyes, over-wearing contacts, LASIK eye surgery, pregnancy, eye floaters, and ocular headaches.
Sometimes, blurred vision is a symptom of a more serious eye condition like cataracts, glaucoma, eye herpes, age-related macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy. Cataracts occur when you have clouding on the lens of your eye while glaucoma occurs when your field of vision begins to narrow. Age-related macular degeneration is a gradual loss in your vision while diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs due to nerve damage from diabetes. Many of these conditions can lead to blindness over time.
Our optometry specialist recommends routine eye examinations, especially as you age, in order to detect and correct issues early. Often, early detection is the difference between maintaining your sight and losing it, possibly completely.
During an examination, our optometrist provides you with a vision screening to evaluate you for vision deficits. This helps to pair you with corrective eyewear that optimizes your vision. It's also the first part of diagnosing serious eye problems. At your appointment, our optometrist uses a specialized magnifying glass to see inside of your eye to examine it for damage. Our optometrist also blows air into your eye to check your eye pressure.
If you have blurry vision, schedule an appointment with L.P. Britt, PA, serving Tupelo and the surrounding areas, by calling 662-844-3436 today.