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Old 07-21-2003, 10:16 AM   #1
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I would like to get in touch with anyone that suffers from halo vision, seeing massive rings or light scatter at night around streetlights and headlights. I have been to two eye specialists, and they can not give me a cause for the problem, or offer any suggestions or treatment.

My problem is a mystery. I am 30 years old, never had a problem with my vision until one night when I just suddenly started seeing the halo rings and starbursts around lights. Since then, the distortion continues to get worse, and it is really scaring me. I can still drive at night, but I don't know if I will lose this ability. Now, if I look at, say a stoplight, at night, I will see the red all the way to the highway.

The distortions are so bad that I now avoid going out at night, and I try not to look at any lights. I am desperate for answers, but I can't find any, or find anyone that suffers with my problem. The only clue that I have is that the eye doctor said I now have slight astigmatism along with my extreme near sightedness, but I doubt that this would cause such bad vision overnight! IS there some special lens or contact len that may help? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

 
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Old 07-24-2003, 08:21 AM   #2
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I should have known that no one would bother to respond. Same thing on other forums. Am I the ONLY ONE in the world with this problem????? No one seems to understand.

 
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Old 07-24-2003, 08:54 AM   #3
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Is this problem happening with glasses or contact lenses?

 
Old 07-24-2003, 09:51 AM   #4
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With glasses. I'm like -7.00 in my left eye and -5.00 in the right eye, nearsighted. However, my vision hasn't changed in 5 years until last year.

 
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As it is concerning you, I really think you need to go back to one of the eye doctors you have already seen. Reiterate the problem and that you need some answers. If they can't answer your questions, I think it makes sense to ask for a referral to someone who can. But some things come to mind:
1. are your lenses scratched?
2. if you have an antireflective coating, is it starting to deteriorate?
3. even if there is a small change in your prescription, perhaps this is what is causing it - some people are sensitive to even slight changes
4. if your lenses are a few years old, perhaps they are starting to warp (more common with high index lenses that have a thin center - you might be wearing these given your high Rx)
5. haloes around lights are sometimes described by individuals who are having acute angle closure glaucoma attacks - this is something easily ruled out in an eye exam
These are just some ideas. I really think you need to get back into the eye doctor. Sometimes you really need to emphasize the problem otherwise they don't realize how important it is to you - especially if you don't follow up.

 
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My problem is a mystery. I am 30 years old, never had a problem with my vision until one night when I just suddenly started seeing the halo rings and starbursts around lights. B]
Hey Tx, I thought your vision problem started after having stromal puncture? http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif


 
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Originally posted by txsongman:
I would like to get in touch with anyone that suffers from halo vision, seeing massive rings or light scatter at night around streetlights and headlights. I have been to two eye specialists, and they can not give me a cause for the problem, or offer any suggestions or treatment.

My problem is a mystery. I am 30 years old, never had a problem with my vision until one night when I just suddenly started seeing the halo rings and starbursts around lights. Since then, the distortion continues to get worse, and it is really scaring me. I can still drive at night, but I don't know if I will lose this ability. Now, if I look at, say a stoplight, at night, I will see the red all the way to the highway.

The distortions are so bad that I now avoid going out at night, and I try not to look at any lights. I am desperate for answers, but I can't find any, or find anyone that suffers with my problem. The only clue that I have is that the eye doctor said I now have slight astigmatism along with my extreme near sightedness, but I doubt that this would cause such bad vision overnight! IS there some special lens or contact len that may help? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Hey txsongman.

No where in your post did you say that you were going to an opthalmologist. Now that is an eye doctor. If you are going to a optomitrist, he diagnoses needing glasses, and will 'not' send you to an ophthalmologist because he knows you will not be back. Eyes need specialists when getting older, and I, learned this first hand. I went to my eye doctor (optometrist) having the same symptoms you have. He tried differnt lenses, just couldn't explain to me why I couldn't see better. So I sought out an Opthalmologist, and he told me right off, I had the start of cataracts. Sheesh. The other doc didn't want to lose the business. If you are now seeing an opthalmologist, then I am at a loss what to tell you. Good luck.


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Hi again.
When you said 'two eye specialists,' you mean't someone other than an optomistrist, then I misread your post. Sorry.

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Old 07-24-2003, 04:00 PM   #9
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Optometrists are also trained in the diagnosis of disease, and the treatment. It's unfortunate JeanneMarie had a bad experience, but truth is there are not so good doctors in all areas, even ophthalmology. Any good doctor, knows his/her limitations and also has the PATIENT'S interest at heart, not the pocketbook. A good doctor would never be afraid to refer to another doctor for fear of "losing business" - this borders on negligence.

 
Old 07-24-2003, 04:32 PM   #10
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Squirrel, well my vision problems are kinda two fold. I started worrying about my vision last year in Oct. when I noticed massive halos around nights. I rushed to an Opthomologist, and he said my eyes looked perfect. No explanation why I'm seeing halos. Then I got the corneal erosion in my right eye starting in Jan which messed up my daytime vision as well. How freaking unlucky is that?


 
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Tx, you could have had a small scratch on your cornea last October that the doc didn't see which then progressed to the erosion in January - your problems could all be related. It really is amazing in this day and age of modern technology that doctors still can't figure out these eye problems!

 
Old 07-25-2003, 11:29 AM   #12
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I have a similar problem and the cause in my case is known: poor quality of the vitreous. My myopic eyeballs are long, the vitreous stretches and becomes flawed. One of my eye-balls is longer and it produces slightly more noticeable halos and some floaters as well.

And, txsongman, I now how you feel, really. When I
started noticing the halos I was depressed greatly.
It is impossible to ignore the halos at night.
You cannot have a pleasant walk down
a street at night with this. Every light you look at is untidy. World suddenly becomes ugglier than it was before.
Haven't these sad questions aroused in your mind: isn't myopia enough? am I the only one with this problem? if I got halos because of LASIK, I'd know what to blame for it, and now? what if this gets worse? wouldn't it be nice to exchange eye problems to problems elsewhere in the body?

I have had these thoughts arising. BTW, don't think you're "freaking unlucky" too often. In my
case, beside of halos I have some floaters, slightly bigger myopia than yours, some astigmatism and dry eyes in mornings and evenings.
How about this bunch? The only way to feel happy with all the crap is to think: there can be worse halos, worse myopia, worse astigmatism, worse dry eyes etc etc Might seem funny to some who don't have the problems but psychology and self-consoling plays a very important role in such situations.

Hang on, be happy with what you have...

 
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