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Why do you have cloudy vision?

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Experiencing cloudy vision can be a sign of an eye condition, and it’s important that you take note of any changes in your vision and speak to your GP or optician. If you notice your vision appears cloudy, it’s helpful to take action early to access treatment quicker.

Cloudy vision makes it seem as though you are looking through a fog, and objects will likely appear milky. In some cases, cloudy vision can also dull your perception of colours, and you might see halos around various light sources.

What causes cloudy vision?

Cloudy vision can occur in one or both eyes, and it’s usually caused by an eye condition. The most common cause of cloudy vision is cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lens of your eye gradually becomes cloudy and loses its transparency, which causes your vision to change.

This is just a normal by-product of the ageing process, but it can be treated with cataract surgery which involves replacing the cloudy lens. This surgery is one of the most common procedures in the UK.

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Other causes of cloudy vision can include macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Both of these conditions can cause your vision to change, sometimes resulting in clouded vision. In some cases, if you have damaged your eye due to an infection or inflammation you may experience cloudy vision.

If you develop cloudy vision, you might also notice that you have dry or watery eyes, enhanced sensitivity to light or even red and sore eyes. In some cases, you might experience worsened vision at night.

Any change in your eyes, such as cloudy vision, should prompt you to book an appointment with your optician, so they can check your eye health and understand the cause. In most cases, cloudy vision will gradually get worse, so it’s always better to get it checked.

Is blurred vision the same as cloudy vision?

Many people use the terms blurry vision and cloudy vision interchangeably, but they are quite different. Blurred vision is a loss of sharpness that might cause objects to appear out of focus. It is typically the result of a refractive error, including short or long-sightedness and astigmatism, that can affect your ability to see objects close up or far away.

This is easily corrected by visiting your optician to make sure you have the right corrective lenses for your needs. if you require lenses for just one refraction error, like myopia or hypermetropia, Eyezen single vision lenses are an ideal solution. If you need lenses for distance but also for reading as you get older, Varilux varifocal lenses provide a seamless experience for clear vision.

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In some cases, blurry vision may be a result of temporary eye conditions, such as allergies like hayfever or lifestyle choices such as computer vision syndrome and eye strain. If you notice your vision is becoming blurry, it may help to take a break from what you are doing and look at what treatment might help to alleviate your vision.

What to do if you notice cloudy or blurry vision

Either cloudy or blurred vision can be your eyes’ way of telling you something isn’t right. If you notice your vision has changed in any way, or you’re concerned about your eye health, make an appointment with your optician.

They will be happy to carry out a routine eye examination and check your eye health to make sure everything is as it should be, and they can advise on any further treatment if necessary.

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