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Possible Causes of Blurry Vision

If you’re suffering from blurry vision, there could be many causes of it. Identifying the causes can help you seek proper treatment.

What It Means to Have Blurry Vision

It’s important to know if you’re in fact suffering from blurry vision. When you feel like there’s a filter in front of your eyes that is affecting your vision, it’s likely you’re experiencing blurred vision. This can take over your entire eyesight or just parts of it. It doesn’t have to be in both eyes, either. Your vision may only be blurred in one eye.

The Causes of Blurred Vision

The causes of blurred vision are not always obvious. Consider the following causes, and then keep reading to help you identify which one may be causing yours.

Refractive Errors

If you recently had refractive surgery, like LASIK, the blurriness may be from that because you haven’t completely recovered from it. It also could be due to a complication with the surgery, so it’s important to contact the surgeon who performed the surgery.

Cornea Abrasions

If the cornea has been damaged, such as it being scratched, this could cause vision to be blurry. You likely will be experiencing a great deal of pain as well. Reaching out to an emergency eye doctor is the best course of action if you think this may be the cause.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

As you grow older, you may notice changes in your eyesight. If you’re suffering from macular degeneration, you’ll start to experience blurry vision. Any changes to your vision should be examined by an optometrist because there is treatment for this eye condition that can slow down its progression.


Just like age-related macular degeneration, this eye condition occurs as people grow older. Cataracts surgery is available.

Infectious Retinitis

Eye infections can cause temporary blurry vision. If it’s viral, antibiotics can be prescribed to treat it. Bacterial eye infection will need to run its course. Since it’s difficult to know which one is the cause of your eye infection, consult an eye doctor.


Since migraines are experienced so close to the eyes, vision can be blurred. The best way to reduce the blurriness is to reduce the migraine. Discuss migraine prevention and treatment with your primary care physician.


If you suffer from diabetes, you may be suffering from a related eye condition called retinopathy. This condition can cause blurred vision and can become quite serious. Anyone with diabetes should consult with an optometrist on a regular basis to ensure the eyes are not being affected by uncontrolled blood sugar.


One of the signs of stroke is blurred vision. If you’re having blurry vision along with some of the other signs of stroke, you should seek medical attention right away. Some of the signs of stroke are:

  • Imbalance
  • Arm or leg weakness on one side of the body
  • Slurred speech
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting

Injury to the Eye

If you’ve been hit in or around the eye, the blurred vision is likely from that. Seek medical attention immediately to determine what needs to be done to treat the injury.


Some people may suffer from blurred vision when they are stressed. The best way to know if this is the case is to engage in stress reducing activities to see if it reduces the blurry vision.

When to Seek Medical Attention for Blurred Vision

While some episodes of blurry vision may go away on their own, it’s important to seek the help of an optometrist if you are experiencing any of the following along with vision disruptions.

  • Speech Problems
  • Loss of Muscle Control
  • Drooping of the Face
  • Severe Headache
  • Sudden Vision Loss
  • Severe Eye Pain

Contact an Eye Doctor in NYC

Kelly Vision Center has two convenient locations in Manhattan and Garden City, NY. If you’re experiencing blurry vision, we invite you to give us a call at 877-718-7818. We can help you identify the cause of the blurred vision, and then treat it for you. Give us a call now.