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Sudden Vision Changes

General Information

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. Goshen Hospital Emergency Department has a team of experts who work together to provide leading-edge care.

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
  • Hydrocephaly, 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.

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