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What causes haze and rainbow appearance around light?


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Published At June 25, 2019
Reviewed AtMay 9, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 24-year-old male, and for about two years, I experience seeing haze or glare and rainbow around light sources. It all began in about two years ago, and it gradually gets bigger over time. The intensity of those symptoms does not fluctuate. It is the same throughout the whole day and is constant. I do not experience any eye pain. I have been to the ophthalmologist, and I had a lot of eye exams, everything is fine with my cornea. I do not have any dystrophies or keratoconus. My eye pressure is also normal 16 and 19 mm Hg, and everything is fine with my retina. So could you suggest what it could be? My ophthalmologist thinks that it may be glaucoma, but I am not sure about that, because symptoms are constant (they gradually gets more intensive over months, but throughout days or weeks it is the same).

Answered by Dr. Rahul Vaswani


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Seeing colors around lights signifies things like glaucoma though your eye pressures are normal but have you undergone a gonioscopy and automated fields test. These two are essential to establish a diagnosis. Early onset cataract. But since you have been to an ophthalmologist, I do not think he would have missed it. Optic nerve involvement. To rule out this, you will need V.E.P (visual evoked potentials) and an MRI of orbit and brain. Please do get these tests are done and follow-up.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Rahul Vaswani
Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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