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Blurred Vision

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.


Blurred vision

is when you cannot see fine details. You may have blurred vision if you are nearsighted or farsighted and you need glasses.

Eye Anatomy

Common causes include the following:

  • Scratch or open sore on your cornea
  • Contact with a chemical
  • A foreign object
  • An infection
  • Medical conditions, such as diabetes, cataracts, or glaucoma
  • Trauma, such as a concussion

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have weakness in an arm or leg, difficulty speaking or seeing, and a severe headache.
  • You have a fever, eye pain, or discharge.
  • You have a sudden loss of vision.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your blurred vision gets worse.
  • Your blurred vision is worse in the morning.
  • You have a sudden headache or eye pain.
  • Your eye has swelling, redness, or discharge.
  • You see floaters, flashes of light, fine dots, or cobweb shapes.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Manage your blurred vision:

Your healthcare provider may ask you to do any of the following:

  • Use artificial tears to keep your eye moist or to soothe your irritated eye.
  • Apply a cool compress to decrease any swelling or pain. Wet a clean washcloth with cool water and place it on your eye. Use the cool compress as often as directed.
  • Wear an eye patch as directed to protect your eye.
    Eye Patch

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need other eye exams and medicines. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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