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Halos around lights

KirbithKirbith I appear to be made of delicious cake. Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So I guess it has come to my attention that not everyone sees halos around lights at night. I have quite poor vision, as I am nearsighted in one eye and I have astigmatism in the other eye. I have glasses, of course, and have been going to an eye doctor regularly since I was 9 or 10. I have been seeing halos around most lights at night, especially while driving, for as long as I can remember. I guess I thought this happened to everyone, but it seems that this is not the case?

I am curious as to what the causes of these halos could be? Is there any particular reason I would be seeing them? And is it something I should be worried about?

I will be going to my optometrist next week, just for the regular appointment I have every two years to get my vision checked, see if I need new lenses, ect. Is this something I should bring up to him during my appointment?

This may be nothing, I just wanted to know mostly if it's something I should worry about.

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    The Black HunterThe Black Hunter The key is a minimum of compromise, and a simple, unimpeachable reason to existRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I see them sometimes, sometimes I don't, usually when my eyes are slightly unfocused

    My vision is perfect, and I find them pretty.

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    PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I live near a lake and when it gets foggy, halos appear around light sources like street lamps. I guess the water particles in the air reflect light, so this might also depend on humidity.

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    LiiyaLiiya Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I wear contact lenses and they sometimes appear when my contact lenses are 100% clean after a long day and its been dusty. Make sure your glasses/eyes are extra clean?

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    ApogeeApogee Lancks In Every Game Ever Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Okay, halos! I know about these, I get em too. IIRC, it's happens primarily when wearing contacts at night - this is because the contacts only cover the very front of your eye, and at night, the pupil expands slightly beyond the edge fo the contact. Thus, some light gets in around the contact and is not focused by it. This leaves the 'halo' around light sources.

    IINAD, so feel free to ask a real one if you're curious; I read this somewhere a while back. Sounds right to me, as I don't get halos w/ glasses.

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    Grid SystemGrid System Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    If you've had the halos for a long time and they're not associated with any discomfort, it's probably not glaucoma. That's good. You should still mention it to your optometrist though. It might be worth seeing a proper doctor about.

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    ransimransim Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Dry eyes can also cause halos so you can try a moisturizing eye drop as well.

    I had eye surgery many years ago, and I've seen halos since then (normal after effect but the better then perfect vision was worth it considering I was blind). If I use eye drops to moisten my eyes they lessen. But definitely check with an eye doc to make sure its nothing more serious.

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