Vision Loss or Change
Is this your symptom?
- Blindness (complete loss of vision)
- Blurry eyesight (decreased vision)
- Double vision (seeing double)
- Seeing floaters (small drifting spots) or flashing lights
- Sudden loss of vision is almost always serious. A doctor's exam is needed right away.
- New blurry eyesight, floaters, or double vision can also be serious.
Here are some causes of sudden loss of vision in one eye and clues as to the possible cause.
- Acute angle-closure glaucoma: blurred vision in one eye, eye pain (often severe), nausea, halos around lights.
- Central retinal artery occlusion: complete or partial vision loss in one eye, painless.
- Central retinal vein occlusion: complete or partial vision loss in one eye, painless.
- Optic neuritis: blurred vision, pain with eye movement, usually just one eye.
- Retinal detachment: a shower of floaters, flashing lights, blurry eyesight, partial visual field loss (like "curtain coming down").
- Vitreous hemorrhage: painless, may see "red", occurs in patients with diabetes.
Gradual loss of vision can occur with aging. Here are some causes of loss of vision in both eyes.
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Glaucoma (open-angle)
When to Call for Vision Loss or Change
Call 911 Now
- You think you have a life-threatening emergency
Call Doctor or Seek Care Now
- Blurry eyesight that started suddenly
- Double vision
- Seeing flashes of light
- Many floaters (many small specks seem to float across the eye)
- Eye pain or discomfort is more than mild
- You feel weak or very sick
- You think you need to be seen, and the problem is urgent
Call Doctor Within 24 Hours
- Single floater (small speck seems to float across the eye)
- Jaw pain occurs while eating and more than 50 years old
- Headache and more than 50 years old
- You think you need to be seen, but the problem is not urgent
Call Doctor During Office Hours
- Blurry eyesight or vision change started slowly (weeks, months)
- Diabetes and last eye exam was more than 12 months ago
- Age more than 65 and last eye exam was more than 12 months ago
- You have to hold book very close to read
- You have to close (or cover) one eye to read
- You have other questions or concerns
Self Care at Home
- Brief blurry eyesight caused by eye strain
Care Advice for Eye Strain (Prolonged Close Work)
- What You Should Know:
- Eye strain occurs when the eyes become tired from over-use.
- It can be caused by driving, reading, or using a computer for a long period.
- The eyes may feel dry, tired, or heavy. They may itch, burn, or water. Other symptoms are blurry vision and headache.
- This is a common eye problem that usually goes away with resting the eyes.
- Rest the Eyes:
- Lie down with your eyes closed for 10-20 minutes.
- Or, sit quietly in a dark room for 10-20 minutes.
- For Dry Eyes:
- You can use over-the-counter artificial tears if you have dry eyes.
- Put 1 to 2 drops into each eye whenever they feel dry.
Expected Course: It should get better after resting.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- You think you need to be seen
- You get worse
And remember, contact your doctor if you develop any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.
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