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Blurred Vision

If you are experiencing blurred or foggy vision – where you have difficulty seeing fine details and have a general lack of sharpness with your eyesight – Malbar Vision will first determine whether there is a health issue with your eyes, or if your blurred vision is simply a refractive prescription problem.

In most cases, blurred vision is due a refractive error:

•    Near-sightedness – Your vision is blurred when viewing objects at a distance
•    Far-sightedness – Your vision is blurrier when viewing objects closer up than further away
•    Astigmatism – Your vision is blurred when viewing objects up close and far away
•    Presbyopia – Your near vision blurs due to aging of the eye’s lens

But just because your eyes have a refractive error doesn’t mean your eyes are “bad,” as many people inaccurately presume.

Think of blurred vision and your eyes as an out of focus camera. The same law of physics that apply to your eyes also apply to a camera. If you take a high-quality camera and adjust the lens to focus at 10 inches and then take a photo of an object that is far off in the distance, it’s still a high-quality camera. However, the photo it produces is going to be blurred and fuzzy because it wasn’t focused properly.

And so with your eyes, it is often just a matter of finding the right prescription to correct your blurred vision. Essentially, finding the correct focus. Most of the time, this fixes blurred vision. Again, in this case, it’s not that your eyes are “bad.” You have good eyes, but they are just focused to the incorrect distance.

“Health and vision don’t always equate the same,” says Dr. Larry Malashock, one of six optometrists at Malbar Vision. “If you’re experiencing blurred vision and we can’t make it better, then we have a health problem. But if your vision is blurry and we can make it better, then your eyes are good. They’re just focused at the wrong spot.

“Usually, when people understand that, they feel a lot better about their eyes, because they often come in thinking they’re going blind, or asking how much worse can my eyes get. But it doesn’t really matter how you see uncorrected, what matters is how you see corrected.”

If your blurred vision can’t be corrected with a prescription, you may have a more serious eye problem that involves a health issue, such as:
•    Cataracts
•    Glaucoma
•    Ocular Allergies
•    Computer Vision Syndrome
•    Dry Eye
•    Floaters & Flashers
•    Pink Eye
•    Age-related macular degeneration
•    Diabetic retinopathy

Whether your blurred vision is a refractive error or a more serious health issue, the first objective is to schedule an exam with an optometrist so that a health professional can examine your eyes.