Common Reasons for Blurred Vision

Blurry vision may not seem like something to be concerned about. Most of us have experienced it to some degree during our lives. For example, when we are tired, our eyes are less clear. Vision can also appear blurry during allergy season. However, continuous blurred vision that does not go away or vision that is blurred for no apparent reason should be addressed by an eye doctor as it may be a sign of a serious eye condition. Blurred vision is often a red flag that an underlying problem exists. Here are some of the most common causes of blurred vision.

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are quite common and can often cause blurred vision. When the eye is not producing enough tears, the quality of vision is poor. The eyes can also ache. Many people mistake watery eyes for having eyes that are not dry. This is often not the case. Eyes may water excessively when they are dry. Some remedies for dry eyes include lubricating drops, punctual plugs and dry eye medication (Restasis).

Refractive Errors

Dry eyes can be caused by refractive errors. Refractive errors are errors in the way that light enters the eye due to the shape of the eye. Myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia are all examples of refractive errors. Treatments for refractive errors include glasses, contact lenses and LASIK or PRK.


A cataract occurs when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy. The lens helps focus light in the eye. As cataracts worsen, it becomes more difficult to see clearly due to the cloudy appearance. You may also notice a yellow hue to things you look at. Treatments for cataracts include removal of the natural lens and replacement with an artificial lens.

If you are experiencing blurry vision, it is important to seek the help of an eye care professional. The team at Raleigh Eye Center specializes in not only LASIK and PRK, but complete vision care. To schedule an appointment, call our office today or visit us online to schedule an appointment with our Raleigh eye doctors.