Blurred Vision: Can Vision Therapy Help You Overcome It?

Posted on: 1 December 2016

Most people only experience blurred vision for a short time, such as when they become overly tired or develop a hangover after drinking too much. But for some people, blurred vision is something that happens to them all the time. Nothing relieves the problem, including taking a nap or resting their eyes. If you experience blurred vision that seems to get worse instead of get better, keep reading. Here are things that can cause blurred vision and the steps you can take to treat your condition.

Why Is Your Vision Blurred?

Blurred vision, also known as blurry or hazy vision, develops when you can no longer see objects or shapes clearly, even when you try to focus on them. The items lack definition and may appear hazy, blurry or fuzzy. It's also possible for objects to suddenly change sizes and colors. For example, a large, red ball might appear small, orange, or rainbow-colored. People who have some type of visual impairment, such as farsightedness or astigmatism, tend to experience hazy vision. If you don't have a diagnosed eye problem that causes blurred vision, consider other possible causes for your condition, including diabetes.

Diabetic individuals can experience blurry vision when their blood sugar levels decrease. In most cases, hazy vision is often the first indication that you have low blood sugar. Blurriness develops when optical fluids leak into the parts of the eyes (lenses) that regulate sharp vision. Instead of appearing in their normal forms, objects appear altered or changed. You struggle to bring the objects into focus.

Some health conditions can indirectly cause issues with your eyes, including migraines. Migraines tend to be worse than regular headaches and can affect one side of the head, or they can show up on both sides of the head. In addition to blurred objects, migraines can make you feel nauseous and overall unwell. Flashes of light and halos may appear in and around your blurred images. 

To stay safe and find out why your vision blurs, have your eyes examined.

How Do You Overcome Your Blurry Vision?

An optometrist or ophthalmologist performs a detailed exam of your eyes. The exam generally checks different areas of your eyes to see if they changed in some way. For instance, hazy vision can develop when the lenses of the eyes harden from presbyopia. Hardened lenses can't visualize images clearly.

An eye specialist might examine your optic nerves for issues, such as tears and weakness. The optic nerve receives images and colors and transmits them to your brain. If your optic nerves have problems, your brain receives distorted images and colors instead of clear messages. Treatment for optic nerve damage usually involves surgery.

If you don't have optic nerve damage but a health problem that causes blurred vision, you may expect to undergo vision therapy as a treatment. Vision therapy teaches your eyes how to adapt to the changes in them. For example, if you experience hazy vision when you look directly at objects, vision therapists might teach you how to look at things from a different direction. You learn how to refocus your eyes. 

Vision therapy may also include wearing special contact lenses or eyeglasses to correct your blurred vision. Eye doctors will prescribe lenses for your vision wear that fit the exact specifications and needs of your eyes. For instance, if your left eye is more prone to blurred vision than your right eye, an optometrist will make the lens for the left eye stronger. If you have concerns about your lenses or treatment, speak directly with your eye doctor. 

For more information about blurred vision, vision therapy, or other issues, contact an eye specialist today or go to this site.