Holiday season is here along with many displays of decorative exterior lighting. While they can be quite beautiful, sometimes how the holiday lights appear can alert you that something might not be quite right with your vision.
Starbursts and halos are a common vision complaint when looking at holiday lights or even headlights all year long. We use the term “starburst” to describe what you see when a pinpoint of light appears to have radiating spokes coming off it. The term “halo” describes when you see circles around a light source. Both symptoms can be due to something as benign as not having the most up-to-date glasses or contact lens prescription to more serious problems such as cataracts. If you are noticing these symptoms, during the holiday season or anytime during the year, your first move is to call us for a comprehensive eye examination so we can determine the cause and take care of it.
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the front of the eye, behind the colored iris. They can make lights appear dim, cause glare or make colors appear dull. Cataracts are removed with a 10 minute outpatient surgery generally these days without shots, stitches or patches. The surgery involves replacing the cloudy lens with a clear plastic lens implant. There are a number of options for these implants which will be discussed should this be found to be your problem.
Take time this holiday season to enjoy the many wonderful lighting displays. But if the lights appear a little different this year, consider getting an eye examination. Your problem could be cataracts but it could also just be that your glasses need updating or that you have dry eyes. Have a very happy holiday season!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery. She practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.