Individuals with blurred vision experience difficulty in seeing clearly and managing day-to-day activities. Although not all circumstances raise urgent concerns, some may require professional attention and medical treatment.
- Detached Retina
A detached retina occurs when the retina pulls away from the blood vessels that provide it with needed nutrients. Without immediate treatment, it can cause permanent damage and vision loss. An eye specialist may recommend freeze treatment or laser surgery to reattach the retina.
A concussion also brings about sudden blurred vision. Most times, an injury to the head causes concussions. Along with visual changes, symptoms of a concussion can include drowsiness, changes in mood and confusion. If the injury is not severe, a doctor may focus on reducing the symptoms. A person can also take over-the-counter analgesics to reduce the pain of headaches.
A hyphema occurs when blood pools in the eye. Trauma, infections and injuries can all cause hyphema. Its symptoms include light sensitivity, bleeding in the eye and blurry vision. To treat this condition, a person may be asked to rest, wear a shield over the eye and raise the head of their bed to help the eye drain.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Macular degeneration is a disease that can affect the retina. It is more common in adults and can occur in one or both eyes. An eye exam can help detect the presence of AMD, and though there is no treatment for its early stages, lifestyle changes can help slow its progression. A doctor may recommend injecting medications into the eye or undergoing laser treatments to slow vision loss.
Opti-Care offers a wide range of eye care services, including eyeglasses and contact lenses, annual eye exams, and co-management of diabetic eye diseases. To schedule an appointment with a specialist, call (410) 795-8670, or fill out our online form. We serve patients in Marriottsville, Westminster and other nearby communities.