If you see halos around light sources, this is a possible Glaucoma symptom
Affected people with this Glaucoma symptom perceive light sources, such as lamps or streetlights, surrounded by a bright, shimmering ring or halo.
This phenomenon can occur especially in low light conditions, such as at dusk or at night.
If the eye is strained, the likelihood of seeing halos increases
The perception of halos around light sources can occur due to light scattering in the eye when the intraocular pressure is elevated or other factors affect vision.
In Glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to impaired sensitivity to light and the eye’s ability to cope with bright light.
Blurred vision near the light source
The phenomenon of halos around light sources can impair vision by blurring the view of objects near the light source.
The affected person may have difficulty perceiving clear and sharp images, especially in backlit situations or in blinding environments.
As a Glaucoma patient, you may not be able to avoid the halo effect completely through direct action. But some steps can help reduce or better manage it:
- Use of special anti-glare glasses or contact lenses that can reduce stray light and minimise the perception of halos around light sources.
- Avoiding situations with bright light or glare, especially in low-light conditions when the halo effect can be stronger.
- Use of sunglasses or anti-glare glasses in bright daylight to reduce sensitivity to glare and halos.