What are the symptoms of cloudy vision?

Cloudy vision can be caused by a number of conditions. The combination of symptoms will be different depending on the underlying cause, but may include:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Appearance of halos around lights
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes
  • Impaired night time vision
  • Red or sore i.e. bloodshot eyes

Cloudy vision is not the same as blurred vision – which is a loss of sharpness that causes things to appear out of focus.

What causes cloudy vision?

The most common cause of cloudy vision is cataracts, which is when the lens inside your eye loses its transparency. Most cataracts develop as part of the aging process and are therefore seen mainly in older people.

Cloudy vision can also be a result of changes in or damage to the cornea, (the clear bit at the front of your eye) including infections or inflammations.

Less common conditions that may contribute to cloudy vision include: diabetes, optic nerve disease and macular degeneration.

What help is available?

As cloudy vision can be a sign of other health conditions as well as a number of eye conditions, it’s important to get a check up from your optician or GP if you are experiencing symptoms. Your optician can use an OCT scan alongside a comprehensive eye examination to check your eye health in more detail, and determine whether your cloudy vision is a sign of something more serious.

Did you know?

Specsavers stores provide a range of additional eye care services to help maintain the health of your eyes. In some areas of the country, this may be provided free of charge on behalf of the NHS. Where NHS services are not available, there is a private service. Rather than booking an appointment online, contact your local store for more information and to arrange an eye health clinic appointment.