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Blurry Vision When Waking Up

Do You Experience Blurry Vision When Waking Up?

When you wake up in the morning, you may end up with the vision in one or both of your eyes seeming blurry. This can be frightening, as well as frustrating if it is significantly impairing your ability to operate!

It is not typically a cause for concern, and it usually goes away easily, too, if you rub or blink your eyes. Of course, you may still be curious about why this happens.

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Take a look below to learn more about blurry vision, and why it may occur when you wake up in the morning.

Causes of Morning Blurry Vision

There are many different things that can trigger blurry vision and could be the reason that you are experiencing this as you wake up in the morning.

Sometimes, you may wake up with blurry vision just sporadically, and then in other cases, you may be waking up to this every day. There are also other symptoms that you could experience like eye infections, poor sleep quality, morning blurriness, floppy eyelid syndrome and itchy dry eyes.

Below, we will go over some of the causes of morning blurry vision.

Eye Allergies

Eye allergies can be a common cause of irritation to the eye, which can affect vision, as well as being a cause of blurry vision in the morning once you wake up. Allergies can cause dry eye, which does contribute to blurry vision– in fact, dry eye is one of the most common causes of blurry vision. If your eye allergies are worse in the morning, some of the surroundings in your bedroom could be exacerbating the issue, such as pet dander or the detergent used on your bedding.

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Dry Tears

As we know, one of the main functions of tears is to lubricate our eyes. They nourish and protect them. Even when you are asleep, your tear ducts in your eyes should be producing tears to keep your eyes properly lubricated. In some cases, though, your nightly tears may dry on the surface of your eyes. This then can cause blurry or hazy vision in the morning when you wake up to start your day. By blinking, though, you can typically remoisten your cornea to get rid of the blurry vision.

Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy

Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy is something that is more common in women than in men. It is a condition where the cornea begins to swell when you are asleep and causes cloudy vision. Vision will begin to get better throughout the day as the cornea stops swelling so much.


If you are taking medication at night, before bed, these can be another reason that you are waking up with blurry vision. This is because certain medications can reduce the tear production of your eyes when you are asleep. Some of these medications may include sleeping aids, antihistamines, cold medicine, and high blood pressure medicines.

Sleeping On Your Face

Sleeping on your face can be something that causes blurry vision because it can cause floppy eye syndrome, where the upper eyelid loses elasticity. Besides blurry vision in the morning, floppy eye syndrome can also cause tearing and eye burning.

Oil Gland Issues

The oil glands around your eyes may also be contributing to your blurry vision. These tiny oil glands are known as the meibomian glands, and they may end up producing too little oil or water when you are asleep. This then causes the blurry vision and eye irritation that you wake up with.

When Should You See a Doctor?

Since blurry vision is not a normal occurrence when you wake up, it makes sense that you might be concerned! However, it is typically not something that you need to worry about, even though it is also something that does not happen for everyone. If you do not suffer from this all day– if the blurry vision goes away when you blink or rub your eyes– then you do not need to go to see your eye doctor about this. That being said, unexplained or persistent blurry vision should be addressed.

Blurry morning vision can also be a sign of a stroke if it is accompanied by other symptoms, like slurred speech or dizziness. A concussion or head injury before bed can also cause blurry vision in the morning, so this would be another instance where you should go see a doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What eye drops can I use for blurry vision?

If you are suffering from blurry vision, there are a few things that you can do to combat this. A common solution is the application of eye drops to clear up your blurry vision. One brand of eye drops that you can use for this is Vuity.

Vuity is a pilocarpine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution and it was formulated specifically to treat presbyopia. Presbyopia is another name for age related blurry near vision.

Is there an eye drop that improves your vision?

Usually, eye drops were used to treat inflammation of the eye or to get debris out of the eye, such as dirt or an eyelash that could have gotten into the eye and started to cause irritation.

However, there now are some eye drops that have been formulated to help improve a person’s vision. These are certainly newer to the market.

One of the brands of eye drops that can help to improve the vision of aging people is called Health Smart. These eye drops are FDA approved and can help the user to see better up close, specifically.

Blurry eyes and eye drops

How can I improve blurred vision?

If you are suffering from blurred vision, you obviously want to treat it, as it is an inconvenience to your daily life! There are a few ways that you can fix blurry vision. It will depend upon what is causing it.

For instance, if you are beginning to lose your vision and do not have a prescription yet, you should see your eye doctor and get a prescription so that you can get contacts or eyeglasses. Dry eye can also cause blurred vision, so if you are suffering from dry eye, you should treat this with eye drops.

Can You Sleep With Contact Lenses in?

In is not recommended that you sleep with contact lenses in. Experts say that sleeping with your contacts in increases your risk for a corneal infection, the clear layer protecting the coloured part of your eye.

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