Blurred Vision: Symptoms

By McBratney, Susan PhD

What other symptoms might occur with blurred vision?

Blurred vision may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

You may experience problems with the eye itself, or you may have symptoms that affect other body systems, such as the neuromuscular and immune systems. For example, blurred vision due to an autoimmune disorder may be accompanied by joint pain or stiffness. Blurred vision due to a refractive error, such as nearsightedness, may be accompanied by a minor headache.

Vision-related symptoms that may occur along with blurred vision

Blurred vision may occur with other symptoms affecting the eyes including:

  • Bleeding from the eye

  • Discharge from the eye

  • Dry eyes

  • Eye pain

  • Increased sensitivity to light

  • Increased tear production

  • Itchy eyes

  • Loss of central or side (peripheral) vision

  • Poor close-up or near vision

  • Poor nighttime vision

  • Red, sore eyes (bloodshot eyes)

  • Seeing floating objects or spots

Other symptoms that may occur along with blurred vision

Blurred vision may occur with symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Butterfly-shaped rash over bridge of nose and cheeks

  • Depression

  • Drooping eyelids

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Gradual difficulty walking and speaking, memory loss, or tingling or weakness of extremities

  • Headache

  • High blood pressure

  • Joint pain

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, blurred vision may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Blurred vision after head trauma

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions

  • Difficulty understanding speech

  • Dizziness

  • Garbled or slurred speech or inability to speak

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Memory loss

  • Numbness or paralysis on one side of the body

  • Seeing halos around lights or having blind spots or distorted vision

  • Seizure

  • Severe headache

  • Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, or eye pain

  • Weakness (loss of strength)


What is blurred vision?

Blurred vision or blurry vision is a loss of sharp vision. You may experience sudden or gradual blurry vision in one or both eyes.

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What causes blurred vision?

Blurred vision is caused by a variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. While many cases of blurred vision are due to problems with the eyes, blurred vision can also be due to neurological and autoimmune disorders. Many of the causes are very serious medical conditions.

Optical or eye-related causes of blurred vision

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Jul 31, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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