Hazy Vision
Hazy vision, cloudy vision, blurred vision are all problems with seeing clearly. Any change in your normal vision is cause for concern and is ...

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Definition

Hazy vision is a visual disturbance resulting in being unable to see clearly and may be due to any number of causes.

Alternative Names

Blurred vision, blurry vision, cloudy vision, mist over eyes, misty vision, dull vision, foggy vision, hazy vision

Synopsis

Hazy vision, cloudy vision, blurred vision are all problems with seeing clearly. Any change in your normal vision is cause for concern and is a good reason to call a doctor for an examination. There are many different reasons why your vision can be cloudy or hazy – but the good news is most of them are treatable. The sooner you get treatment, the better your vision will be – so don’t delay!

Recommendations for Eye Examinations

  • Once before entering school (age 4-5)
  • Once between the ages of 20-29
  • Two times between the ages of 30-30
  • Every two years ages 40-64
  • Over age 65 annually
  • People who need prescription lenses or have a history of eye disease need to follow the schedule recommended by their doctor

Associated Diagnoses

  • Cataracts
  • Eyestrain
  • Contact lens problem
  • Nearsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Corneal injury or abasion
  • Migraine headache
  • Glaucoma
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Stroke
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinitis
  • Macular degeneration
  • Keratitis
  • Optic nerve problem
  • Presbyopia (normal part of the aging process: need for reading glasses)

Treatments

Depending on the diagnosis or condition, the problem can be treated with corrective lenses, medication or surgery.

Call your provider

If you have a change in your vision, see your provider. If you are planning to have a baby, make sure you are current on your German measles (rubella) vaccine. If you have never had German measles, be vaccinated at least 3 months prior to getting pregnant. If you do contract German measles (rubella) while pregnant, be certain to have your baby’s eyes examined by an eye specialist after birth as recommended because being exposed to German measles can make a baby vulnerable to cataracts and other eye problems.

Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD
Written: September 5, 2007
Last Updated: September 30, 2007
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
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