Sharp and clear eyesight is generally taken for granted until your vision gets blurry or cloudy. However, people who feel difficulty seeing objects may often describe their vision as appearing “cloudy” or “blurry.” Well, these terms can be interchangeable, in the context of eye health, but they are caused due to different reasons.

What do you mean by Blurry or Cloudy vision?

Blurry Vision:

Blurry vision means when the person feels out of the focus while looking at any particular object. You may feel like squinting your eyes will make you look at the object clearer. It is similar to how you see the image through your camera before adjusting its lenses or create a focus through it.

Cloudy Vision:

Cloudy Visions means when you feel like something appears to be in front of your eyes, making discomfort while looking at something. You may feel like there is a thin layer on your eyes and you want to remove it through blink or wipe it away. You may have the same feeling when you look at something through smudged pair of glasses.

What are the common causes and treatments of blurry vision or cloudy vision?

Blurry vision:

It tends to indicate the person having a refractive error. As you know that the vision works when the light coming into your eyes gets directed on to the retina, which makes your eyes change the shape. Depending on where you are looking at- far away or close up if your eyes do not change shape, it is called refractive error. Both farsightedness and nearsightedness are refractive errors. For a farsighted person, objects near to them appear blurry while a person who is nearsighted, objects far to them appear blurry. In Astigmatism, both far and near objects appear blurry.

When it comes to the treatment of blurry vision, it can be corrected by simply using prescription lenses when the issue is caused by refractive errors. If you don’t have any medical problems with your eyes but you are experiencing blurry vision, it is recommended to go through a vision exam recommended by any professional eye specialist.

Cloudy Vision:

Most commonly, the main cause behind the cloudy vision is cataracts forming due to the ageing process. In many cases, cataracts result in gradual loss of vision so they may not get noticed shortly. It eventually turns the vision yellowish or cloudy.

When it comes to the treatment for cloudy vision, it can only be corrected through surgery. Cataract surgery is now the most common and routinely successful method to fix cloudy vision. If you have other eye health concerns along with cataracts, you should discuss with your eye doctor about your condition as if this may cause any complications during cataract surgery.

There are many other reasons behind blurry or cloudy vision such as dry eye syndrome, injury to the cornea or even irritation from wearing contact lenses for a long time.  Thus, it is important to visit your eye doctor regularly and opt for a comprehensive eye examination.

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