What are the symptoms of cloudy vision?
Cloudy vision can be caused by a number of conditions. The combination of symptoms will be different depending on the underlying cause, but may include:
- Blurred or double vision
- Dry eyes
- Appearance of halos around lights
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
- Impaired night time vision
- Red or sore i.e. bloodshot eyes
Cloudy vision is not the same as blurred vision – which is a loss of sharpness that causes things to appear out of focus.
What causes cloudy vision?
The most common cause of cloudy vision is cataracts, which is when the lens inside your eye loses its transparency. Most cataracts develop as part of the aging process and are therefore seen mainly in older people.
Cloudy vision can also be a result of changes in or damage to the cornea, (the clear bit at the front of your eye) including infections or inflammations.
Less common conditions that may contribute to cloudy vision include: diabetes, optic nerve disease and macular degeneration.
What help is available?
As cloudy vision can be a sign of other health conditions as well as a number of eye conditions, it’s important to get a check up from your optician or GP if you are experiencing symptoms. Your optician can use an OCT scan alongside a comprehensive eye examination to check your eye health in more detail, and determine whether your cloudy vision is a sign of something more serious.
If you're worried about your eyes, call your store today to book an urgent eye health check. If your eye condition is accompanied by pain, vomiting/nausea, numbness or generally not feeling right - seek emergency care.