This is the last in our run of eye sight effects and causes, previously covering ‘Tunnel Vision’, ‘Blotchy Vision’ and ‘Peripheral Vision’, and this time it’s the turn of about ‘Misty Vision’.
This term is commonly used to describe when someone experiences blurred or cloudy vision.
The most common cause of Misty vision is cataracts, however, misty vision may also be caused by other conditions or medical problems including astigmatism and glaucoma or from a cloudy vitreous humour.
Misty vision can be very slight and therefore not cause any problems with seeing or completing daily tasks. However, in severe cases, the misting can cause problems with getting around, identifying objects, loss of detail, poor contrast, increased glare and, in some cases, halo vision.
Misty vision caused by cataracts is due to lens becoming cloudy. Your lens is situated just behind the iris (the coloured part of your eye) and is responsible for focussing the light entering the eye. Cataracts can be removed with a replacement lens being fitted. This simple medical procedure often restores the vision unless there are other underpinning conditions when the treatment may not be so effective. There may not be a cure or treatment for misty vision caused by other conditions.
In some cases, wearing sunglasses will help reduce the glare from misty vision. This links us nicely into reminding you that it is ‘National Sunglasses Day’ today (Wednesday 27 June). Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory but help protect your eyes from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays from the sun and for some people with vision impairments also help reduce the glare that these conditions can cause, even on not very sunny/bright days. (read our post about this last year - http://vidatraining.weebly.com/blog/9-not-just-sunglasses)
The RNIB’s website has some useful information about cataracts including a link to their ‘Guide to Understanding Cataracts’ booklet - https://www.rnib.org.uk/eye-health-eye-conditions-z-eye-conditions/cataracts
As we’ve said before, it is really important to have a regular eye sight test even if you feel there is no change in your vision. These tests will ensure that you’re eyes are healthy and will ensure that any problems are identified and treated appropriately.
For further information about sight conditions and their effects/impacts, a good resource that we often mention on our training is the RNIB’s #HowISee campaign. This includes short video clips highlighting the different impacts people’s different vision impairments have on them. RNIB (www.rnib.org.uk) also have a range of booklets about different sight conditions.
The NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk) also has lots of information about sight conditions as well as symptoms people may experience.
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.