Can Dry Eyes Cause Blurry Vision?

May 1, 2024 | Dry Eye Syndrome

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Can Dry Eyes Cause Blurry Vision?

May 1, 2024 | Dry Eye Syndrome

Do you notice your vision getting blurry for no obvious reason? If so, then you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Most people assume that blurry vision means you need a new prescription for glasses or contact lenses. However, you may also experience blurry vision when your eyes are dry and irritated. In this blog post, we will explore how dry eyes can cause blurry vision and discuss some treatment options available to help you find relief. 

Dry eyes and blurry vision 

When we blink, tears spread across the surface of our eyes, creating a smooth and clear layer called the tear film. This tear film helps maintain clear vision by providing lubrication and nourishment to the eyes. In people with dry eye syndrome, the tear film becomes unstable and inadequate. This can lead to dry eye symptoms like redness, irritation, a burning sensation, light sensitivity, and yes, blurry vision. 

When your eyes don’t have enough lubrication, like in dry eye syndrome, light scatters instead of focusing right on the retina. As a result, images may appear blurred or distorted. Additionally, if you suffer from dry eye and wear contact lenses, the lenses may not sit comfortably on your eyes, affecting your vision. If left untreated, chronic dry eye can potentially damage the cornea and impact your overall eye health.  

How to treat dry eyes & blurry vision 

At Quality Eye Care Clinic, our dry eye specialists in Kildeer and Elgin offer a range of treatment options to help relieve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and improve your vision. We may suggest lifestyle changes, prescription eye drops, or more advanced treatments for severe cases. One popular treatment option is LipiFlow®, which uses gentle massage and heat to unclog blocked oil glands in the eyelids and restore healthy oil production. This can help improve tear quality and reduce blurry vision caused by dry eye. 

Another effective treatment option for dry eye is BlephEx®, a gentle exfoliation procedure that removes excess bacteria and biofilm from the eyelids. By cleaning the eyelids thoroughly, BlephEx® can help reduce inflammation and improve tear production, leading to clearer vision.  

In addition to these treatments, Quality Eye Care Clinic also offers PROKERA amniotic membrane treatment and TempSure Envi. PROKERA uses human amniotic membrane tissue to promote healing and reduce inflammation in the eyes. TempSure Envi is a comfortable, safe treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat the deep layers of skin around your eyes and break up blockages in your tear glands. Besides helping with dry eye symptoms, TempSure Envi also offers anti-aging benefits like reducing fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes! 

If you’re experiencing blurry vision due to dry eyes, don’t wait any longer to seek treatment. Quality Eye Care Clinic offers a variety of effective solutions to help you find relief from dry eye symptoms and improve your overall eye health. From lifestyle changes to advanced treatments like LipiFlow® and BlephEx®, we have everything you need to see clearly again.  

Schedule an appointment with us today and let us help you find relief from dryness and discomfort! You can also visit our dry eye spa or browse our online store for products designed specifically for dry eye sufferers.