Optometrist Questions Hazy vision

Why do I see hazy in the night?

I have suddenly become uncomfortable to drive at night because my vision seems to be very blurry, especially with the blaring headlights on the road. Why is this happening? During the day, I usually see fine.

9 Answers

It sounds like you have a slight prescription that is going uncorrected. During the day, there is so much daylight that you don't notice it, but over time you're eyes might have changed and during nighttime driving your eyes are exposed. Anti-reflective coating will help with lights and oncoming traffic, but we have a lot of people who need glasses just for nighttime driving. I would make an appointment to see an Optometrist and make sure. Hope that helps.
You may need a prescription pair of glasses now or it may be something else. The best thing to do is to see your optometrist for an evaluation.
This is probably due to astigmatism you may have. If so, glasses with anti-glares will help reduce your systems.

Vinnie Tieu, O.D.
Dear "Hazy,"

You could be having this increased difficulty at night for many different reasons - some not so concerning, others more so. Haziness or star-bursts around lights can be caused by un-corrected astigmatism (glasses prescription), cataracts, eye dryness, corneal swelling, not to mention a host of other intra-ocular conditions. The concern would be how suddenly these symptoms developed. Gradually - not as concerning. Regardless, a thorough eye and vision exam should easily determine the root cause and likely fix.

Dr. EM
We always see worse at night. See your eye doctor for night spectacles. You may have a mild rx and need them just for night time. Make sure to ge the antireflective coating
Cataracts is the biggest cause of blurry vision and trouble driving at night due to halos and glare from car headlights and street lights .
You make need an eye exam. Astigmatism can sometimes be the cause of glare from headlight as well as cataracts or dry eyes.
You may be suffering from the intense glare of the headlights on the road. You should consider wearing anti-glare lenses which will reduce the amount of glare. You should also consider an eye exam, since you may need prescription glasses, which may improve your vision in both day and night.
This can be a condition known as night myopia or night nearsightedness caused by so very interesting but challenging physics principles. Also, emerging cataracts (clouding of the lens) or dry eye (clouding of the cornea) can scattrer the light and cause blur or even glare sensitivity. Why worry? Get it checked by an Optometric Physician.