When to Tell Your Ophthalmologist About Blurry Vision?

Blurry vision is a common concern we see in our office and although it may be harmless, it can also be a sign of a serious medical issue. We will be discussing some of the most common causes of blurry vision to help you determine whether it is time to make an appointment with an Ophthalmologist in Browns Mills for your vision.

Ask an Ophthalmologist: What Are the Common Causes of Blurry Vision?

If your blurry vision develops gradually, it is often because of other vision problems. Sudden vision loss or blurred vision is more of a cause of concern. These are some of the most common reasons why you might have blurry vision:

Nearsightedness: From an Ophthalmologist

Nearsightedness is one of the most common refractive errors or vision problems caused by a distortion in how the light bends as it enters your eyes. Blurry vision is a common sign that you have nearsightedness, and you may also develop headaches or eye strain from squinting to see things in the distance.


Farsightedness is another common refractive error that works the opposite way of nearsightedness. This condition causes blurry vision when people are looking at things close to their eyes. Like nearsightedness, this condition is easily corrected with prescription eyewear or LASIK surgery.


Astigmatism is also a refractive error, but it causes blurry vision at all distances. Some people have an astigmatism as well as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Like other refractive errors, astigmatism is caused by an irregularly shaped cornea that alters the way light enters the eyes.


Presbyopia is an age-related refractive error that often starts to develop around the age of 40. If you are starting to have blurry vision while reading text messages or small print, it could be a sign of this vision error. Presbyopia is caused by the hardening of the lens in your eyes but it can be easily corrected with prescription glasses.

Dry Eye

If you have blurry vision accompanied by eye redness, an itchy or burning sensation, and sensitivity to light, your vision problems are likely caused by dry eye. Some people may develop this condition temporarily while others have chronically dry eyes. Depending on the severity of your dry eye syndrome, we can recommend artificial tears to lubricate the eyes or medicated eye drops.


Blurry vision is one of the first signs of cataracts, a vision problem that often develops in older individuals. Cataracts are caused by the clouding of the clear lens in your eye. They often develop slowly and gradually worsen as you age. Your blurry vision and other symptoms of cataracts can be treated with cataract surgery by an Ophthalmologist in Browns Mills.

Ocular Migraines

Ocular migraines often cause temporary blurry vision. The main concern with these migraines is that they can be chronic and disruptive to people’s daily lives. If you have reoccurring migraines, please tell your ophthalmologist so that we can rule out other possible causes.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Ophthalmologist, Brown Mills

Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons of New Jersey offers comprehensive eye care for patients all across New Jersey, including Brown Mills. If you have been suffering from blurry vision, please schedule an appointment today so that we can rule out serious causes and help you find the right treatment plan.

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