If you have ever driven at night and found yourself seeing double and squinting at fuzzy rings of light cast off from headlights, you may be experiencing conditions that cause double vision or halos. Halos and double vision are common, especially as we age. These things can be normal or indicate the presence of a more serious issue. The doctors at Laser Eye Center of Miami can help you determine the cause of your double vision and halos and help protect the health of your eyes.
Halos are characterized as the bright, sometimes colorful circles of light that appear around sources of light. They are often observed at night or in dark environments, where streetlights and headlights can significantly impact the ability to see clearly. Halos may be caused by a number of eye conditions ranging from minor to serious, specifically those that affect the shape of the cornea. These include:
- Dry eye syndrome: This condition is caused by eyes that are chronically dry. This can change the shape of the cornea and result in the scattering of light that enters the cornea. Halos around lights appear as a result.
- Astigmatism: This condition is a type of refractive error that occurs when there is an imperfection in the cornea that makes vision blurry and distorted.
- Cataracts: Cataracts are cloudy areas located in the lens of the eye which can lead to hazy, dull vision.
About Double Vision
Double vision is defined as seeing two images of a single object and can occur in one or both eyes. In normal vision, the eyes, underlying muscles, associated nerves, and your brain all work together to produce a crisp, clear image. An issue with any one of these components can lead to double vision. Much like halos, double vision can also be caused by dry eye syndrome, astigmatism, and cataracts. Additional causes include:
- Poorly fitted contact lenses or glasses
- Abnormalities in the iris
Your Treatment Options
When it comes to double vision and halos, your treatment depends on the issue that is causing it. Double vision may be temporarily remedied by blocking the vision in one eye via an occlusive lens or eye patch. Other methods include undergoing surgery to address issues with the underlying muscles.
Halos are a common symptom of cataracts, so your treatment may include procedures that target cataracts. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that replaces the cloudy lens that may be causing halos.
Improve Your Vision in Miami
Although common, you do not have to live with double vision, halos, or the restrictions they can place on your life. Protect your eye health — schedule a consultation with Laser Eye Center of Miami today.