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Halos and Glare

Treating and Preventing Halos and Glare continued...

Some simple steps can reduce the effects of glare:

Sunglasses. Wear sunglasses to reduce glare during the daytime. Sunglasses that are polarized can keep certain types of glare from bothering your eyes, such as glare reflected from water.

Vehicle visor. Use your vehicle's visor to keep direct sunlight out of your eyes.

Lenses. Speak with your eye doctor about specialized lenses that may help correct the effects of glare due to abnormalities in the eye.

Treatment for halos and glare includes:

Fix your vision. If you have a vision problem in which your eyes don't focus light on your retinas properly, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, wearing glasses or contact lenses can help.

Tell your eye doctor if halos or glare are bothering you. This will help the doctor find the right type of glasses or lenses for you.

Cataract treatment. Early in the development of cataracts, you may be able to reduce the effects of a cataract by using eyeglasses to improve your vision or by wearing sunglasses to lessen glare.

Surgery is a common, effective way to treat more serious cataracts. During the surgery, the eye doctor removes your cloudy lens and usually replaces it with an artificial lens.

Replacement lenses called multifocal lenses may be more likely to cause halos and glares than monofocal lenses. Multifocal lenses help you see both near and distant objects.

Discuss the type of lens you need before the procedure. Ask your doctor about the risk of having halos and glare after the surgery.


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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 07, 2012

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