Q: Hi Dr Ketch. I’ve been having eye problems for four years. Last year, I began having cloudy eyes and an ER doctor gave me something to rub around my eyes with good result. This May, I went to an eye doctor who gave eye drops that were different from those I usually use as he thought I had an allergy to the other ones.
I have been having recurrent blurry eyes especially with my specs (eye glasses) off. Do you think it may be due to too much exposure to sun’s heat, light from TV and tech devices or anything I’m not aware of?
A: Cloudy vision is a situation in which objects appear milky and ‘veiled’. It is oftentimes used interchangeably with blurry eyes. Blurry, cloudy or even double vision can be seen in disease conditions like:
• Cataract: This is a cloudy area on the lens and can lead to cloudy vision. If not taken care of, they can cause vision loss to the point of blindness. And yes, excessive exposure to sunlight increases your risk of having this condition.
• Near sightedness (myopia) can lead to blurry vision with associated headache and eye strain.
• Far sightedness (hyperopia) can also result in blurred vision when looking at close objects.
• Glaucoma, a condition in which there is increased pressure in the eye
• Diabetes Mellitus in which there is damage to the retina (light sensitive layer) of the eye
• Astigmatism in which there is blurred vision up close and at a distance.
• Pregnancy and migraine headaches are also causes of blurred vision.
This is by no means, an exhaustive list!
Please revisit the hospital and this time, see an ophthalmologist (an eye doctor) who will carry out a detailed eye exam. This should help make a definitive diagnosis. Treatment depends on cause: Cataract requires surgery and replacement of cloudy leans with a clear one; hyperopia, myopia and astigmatism are treated with either contact lens, eyeglasses or refractive surgery etc
Have a good weekend, y’all 😀