HOLIDAY LIGHT HALOS By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Holiday season is here, and the beautiful lights are outside everywhere. It is a great time to be thankful for good vision. Sometimes the holiday lights can alert us that something may not be right with our vision.
Starbursts are a common vision complaint when looking at lights. This makes the small pinpoint lights look like they have streaks of light coming off of them. Uncorrected or under corrected glasses or contact lens prescriptions may be the culprit for this. Astigmatism is caused by the irregular curvature of the cornea or the lens in the eye, and is a cause for starburst appearance of lights. Astigmatism symptoms may be alleviated with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery like LASIK.
Cataracts are the clouding of the crystalline lens inside of the eye. Cataracts can cause lights to appear dim, to cause more glare, or for the colors to appear more dull. Cataracts are removed with cataract surgery. Cataract surgery usually includes replacing the cloudy lens with a clear plastic lens implant. This usually greatly improves vision again, and makes those holiday light colors more vibrant.
Halos around lights can be caused by many things including dry eye, cornea problems, cataracts or glaucoma. Some of these problems may require urgent attention.
Take time this holiday season to enjoy the wonderful light displays. If the light displays are looking a little different, consider getting an eye examination. Have a very happy holiday season!
Dr. Ivanoski practices comprehensive optometry at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Drs. Martha Jay and Mark German. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.