Emergency Care

Get a diagnosis for sudden vision change

Having vision changes across your lifetime or blurry vision from nearsightedness or farsightedness is normal. When vision change is a sudden onset symptom, it can be a sign of a serious medical condition.

Don’t hesitate to seek medical help if you have sudden vision changes in Goshen, IN. Serving the Elkhart County community, Goshen Hospital Emergency Department has a team of experts who work together to provide leading-edge care. Our emergency room is located at 200 High Park Ave. in Goshen. Come to us for emergency care or call 911.

Symptoms related to vision changes

Let your doctor know what other symptoms occur with your vision changes. This can help them make a diagnosis. You may experience these symptoms with blurred vision and other vision changes:

  • Double vision
  • Red eyes
  • Dilated pupil
  • Headache, which could be severe
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness on one side of the face or body
  • Sensitivity to light or seeing halos around light
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Pulsations that you can hear or feel
  • Feeling that you have a foreign body in the eye

What conditions cause sudden blurred vision?

Sudden vision changes, including blurred vision, can be caused by serious medical conditions, including:

  • Brain hemorrhage (bleeding)
  • Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Severe high blood pressure
  • Acute angle-closure glaucoma, which can quickly lead to permanent vision loss Injury to the eye or surrounding area
  • Chemical injury
  • Optic neuritis, or inflammation of the optic nerve
  • Encephalitis, or inflammation in the brain often caused by infection
  • Temporal arteritis, or inflammation of the blood vessel around the temple
  • Hydrocephany, or elevated spinal fluid pressure
  • Brain, orbit or optic nerve tumor

Our emergency physicians and nurses can quickly diagnose your condition and provide the right treatment. If the problem is with the eye itself, we may also refer you to one of our ophthalmologists for further evaluation.

Goshen Hospital Emergency Department treats sudden blurry vision and other vision changes in Goshen, IN.