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Approach to Blurry Vision

Jonathan A. Barnett

Approach to Blurry Vision

Approach to Blurry Vision Flowchart

Key Points

  • This flowchart is meant to serve as a guide. Bear in mind that there are always exceptions.
  • Many ocular problems are not urgent and can be dealt with outpatient. Assessing the acuity of onset is the first step.
  • In general, the top differential for blurry vision is Dry Eye, Cataract, or Uncorrected refractive error.
  • If the symptoms are acute and just in one eye, it is more likely to be ocular and warrants further investigation (likely ophthalmology consult).