Glare

William V. Padula, OD, DPNAP, FAAO, FNORA

Glare is something we have all experienced at some point, especially when driving at night. However, some people are more light sensitive (photophobic) and/or glare sensitive than others. For example, glare is often a problem for older people who drive at night and for those with cataracts and macular degeneration. However, sometimes younger persons who have had refractive surgery or who have certain types of eye conditions will also have increased problems with glare and/or light sensitivity.

Glare can also be a significant problem for those using computers, as well as those who play golf, sail, or fly airplanes. Fortunately, there are many alternatives that may reduce glare such as special anti-reflective coatings for lenses, Polaroid lenses, glare reduction lenses, transition lenses, etc. For persons with macular degeneration, special lenses that block blue light may be helpful. Computer glasses to help you focus on the screen and reduce glare are also available. The doctor will be happy to discuss which options may work best for you.

For those who wear contact lenses and are very light sensitive, the doctor may offer the option of custom designed lenses.

If you have problems with glare while driving at night you should also be aware that alcohol relaxes the eye muscles causing, among other things, increased glare sensitivity and increased glare recovery time.

All of us should be aware that ultraviolet radiation can damage the eyes, as well as the skin. Thus non-prescription sunglasses providing the maximum UVA and UVB protection are also available for those not requiring special lenses. Padula Institute of Vision provides a number of resources for many vision related impairments, including glare Sensitivity (Photophobia)from age, concussion, brain injury, stroke and other sources.

Contact the Padula Institute of Vision to discuss what resources and treatments are available for your vision related needs.

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A vision specialist can diagnose vision problems due to accident or illness. A vision specialist works with low vision, vision therapy specialists, and cataracts, glare sensitivity and other vision related impairments.

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