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Did you know that you could be going blind and not even know it? That's what glaucoma does. It sneaks up on you very slowly over time. It's a leading cause of blindness in all adults over 60. But some people are especially at risk. If you're Black and over 40, you're up to five times more likely to get glaucoma. Or if you have a family history of glaucoma, you're also at high risk. Glaucoma can't be cured, but it can be controlled and the risk of blindness reduced-if glaucoma is detected and treated in time. That's why it's so important for people with an increased risk to have regular eye exams. Seattle glaucoma specialist, Howard Barnebey, MD is one of a very small group of local eye doctors dedicated to glaucoma and helping patients with this terrible eye disease.

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Cataract patients now have an option to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a mono-focal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multi-focal IOL technology can now decrease dependence on glasses after surgery. Our Seattle cataract surgeons welcome you to come into our office for a consultation regarding Advanced Technology Lens cataract surgery.

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If you are experiencing sagging eyelids and eyelids that are obstructing your vision please contact us for an eye exam. Depending on your specific condition there is a possibility that insurance may cover a surgery that can improve your vision dramatically. If you are seeking an Oculoplastic surgeon in Seattle for eyelid surgery we are Seattles Eyelid Surgery experts. Call us us today! For more information on eyelid surgery please visit our web page dedicated to this topic.

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Glare and Halos: Cause, Effect and Solution

Glare and Halos: Cause, Effect and Solution

Created on: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Author: Specialty Eyecare Centre

Glare and Halos

Our ability to see anything is dependent on light, so it is only natural to assume when light is disrupted by a defect on our retina that it would affect our vision. The two most common vision defects people experience are glare and halos. Halos appear as bright circles around sources of light, you will notice this the most at night time—particularly as you are driving and oncoming cars headlights come zooming by. Glare occurs in your vision when light enters your eye and actually obstructs your vision.

There are however some things that can cause you to see these vision defects more prominently:

Age: As people age, their eyes become increasingly more sensitive to light and take longer to adjust to different levels of light. Unfortunately, this means people tend to see glare and halos more often as they get older.

Eye Color: You might be surprised to learn that eye color can have an effect on your light sensitivity—in fact those who are born with more lightly colored eyes experience a higher prevalence of halos and glare.

Eye Disease and other refractive issues: The biggest contributor to vision glare and halos is the development of cataracts—and eye disease that is seen in many older adults that fogs up your eyes natural lens. Other contributing eye problems are: dry eye, scratched cornea and general retinal health problems.

Tips on how to reduce the prevalence in glares and halos in your vision:

Consult an eye care professional: If the glares and halos you are seeing are prominent enough to interfere with your day-to-day activities then it is important that you seek a professionals’ medical opinion and undergo an eye exam. This will help to determine what the root cause of your halos and glare are.

Wear the right pair of sunglasses: Sunglasses that are polarized and/or have an orange, yellow or red tint have been known to help reduce glare from the sun. 

Cataract surgery: If you are indeed suffering from cataracts then you will need to undergo cataract surgery. Your eye care professional can help explain how to proceed should a cataract surgery be the solution to your halos and glare problems.

Most importantly, if you think you are having trouble seeing because of too much vision glare and halos then make sure to set up an appointment with your eye care professional.

 



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