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Blurry Vision

Hawaii Vision Specialists

Ophthalmology & Optometry located in Hilo, HI

While blurry vision can have many causes, it’s usually a sign that you need glasses or contacts to see clearly. At Hawaii Vision Specialists in Hilo, Hawaii, the expert vision care team provides treatment for patients who experience blurry vision, either as a result of age, heredity, or after cataract surgery. Call to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.

Blurry Vision Q & A

What causes blurry vision?

When objects up close or far away appear fuzzy or not as in focus as they could be, you may have a refractive error, the primary cause of blurry vision. Refractive errors, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, can make it hard for you to see clearly, and you’ll likely need glasses or contacts to correct your vision. Other causes of blurry vision include:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Changes to your eyes during pregnancy
  • Migraines
  • Floaters that obscure your vision
  • Cataracts or cataract surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Presbyopia
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Keratoconus
  • Pterygium
  • Eye infection or injury

Regular eye exams allow your doctor to monitor changes to your vision from refractive errors, aging, or more serious conditions that require treatment beyond corrective lenses.

Why does cataract surgery sometimes cause blurry vision?

If you have surgery to remove cataracts — areas of cloudy buildup on the lens inside your eye — you may experience temporary blurred vision for a few days to a few weeks after surgery. If your vision doesn’t become clearer as your eye heals, it may be a sign that the lens capsule that supports the intraocular lens that was implanted in your eye has become cloudy.

This condition, called a secondary cataract, can also occur months or years after your initial cataract surgery. Treating it typically requires a second procedure to allow light to properly pass through your intraocular lens again.

How do you correct a secondary cataract?

The team at Hawaii Vision Specialists corrects blurred vision from a secondary cataract using a YAG laser treatment. In a quick, outpatient procedure, your doctor uses the YAG laser to painlessly clear away the cloudiness in your eye by making a hole in the back of the lens capsule so light can pass through it easily. This treatment doesn’t require anesthesia, and it usually only takes a few minutes to complete.

The YAG laser treatment makes it impossible for the cloudiness in your lens to return. In most cases, your vision will remain stable after a YAG treatment.

If you have blurry vision, call to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Hawaii Vision Specialists so you can see clearly again.