5 Common Causes of Blurry Vision

5 Common Causes of Blurry Vision

Blurry vision might be a common issue, but it’s not normal. Your eyes should be able to focus so that you can see clearly. If they can’t, something is to blame.

The good news? That something is treatable. Here at our Benjamin Optical offices throughout New York City, our team has extensive experience treating a wide variety of blurry vision causes with optical services. We can figure out what’s going on with your eyes and apply the right treatment to protect your eyesight. 

With that goal in mind, let’s look at five of the most common causes of blurry vision. 

Nearsightedness or farsightedness

One of the leading causes of blurry vision is farsightedness (hyperopia) or nearsightedness (myopia).

As the name suggests, farsightedness means you can see far away clearly, but your vision gets blurry up close. 

On the flip side, nearsightedness means you don’t have visual acuity far away. Most people have 20/20 vision, meaning they can see at a certain level of clarity from 20 feet away. With nearsightedness, you’ll have blurry vision at 20 feet. 

Fortunately, we offer both eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, and eyeglasses for farsightedness, too. 


Cataracts usually develop later in life as the protein in the lens of your eye breaks down. This makes the lens cloudy, blurring your vision. 

Early on, we can help you make modifications to be able to see clearly even with cataracts. If they reach a point where they interfere with your life, though, we also offer surgery to replace your clouded lens with an artificial lens. 


Your eyes rely on their optic nerve to send signals to your brain. Glaucoma affects that nerve, causing blurry vision. 

Narrow-angle glaucoma, the more dangerous kind, comes on suddenly. Along with blurred, foggy vision, it can cause:

If you notice these signs, contact our team as quickly as possible to protect your ability to see. 

Macular degeneration

Blurry vision is usually one of the first signs of this condition. It might make recognizing people, reading, or driving more difficult. 

Here at Benjamin Optical, we have a variety of macular degeneration treatment options. That said, these treatments slow the degeneration, but they can’t reverse the vision loss that’s already occurred. As soon as you start noticing blurry vision, talk to our team. 

Dry eyes

Over time, dry eyes can progress to a state where the lack of tears causes blurred vision. 

Beyond that, it might cause redness, a burning or stinging sensation, light sensitivity, or eye fatigue. Fortunately, our team has a lot of options for treating dry eyes, ranging from artificial tears to punctal plugs

Clearly, a lot can blur your vision. Some of these causes require quick care, so don’t wait to call any of our offices or book the earliest available appointment online.

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