Philip Walsh - Visibility issues caused by the sun

Publish Date
Saturday, 7 November 2015, 1:48PM
By Philip Walsh

Why is it hard to see in the sun?

Glare can make it hard to see in the sun, but if you are struggling to see even with sunglasses on, it could indicate that you have early cataracts.

Another possible reason might be that you have corneal abnormality causing a slight haze that worsens in sunshine.

When you visit your optometrist, make sure you specifically mention this problem so that they can look into the issue.


Why do I see different colours when I go from being in the sun to indoors?

If you notice that everything you see has a hint of pink when you are in the sun, it could mean that the clarity in the medium of your eyes has changed.

When you next visit your optometrist, make sure that you mention this, as they may want to check your retina for any changes.

If you experience your vision turning darker or green when you go inside after being in the sun, it means your retina is adjusting and is a completely normal occurrence.  


Why do I see dots or spots in my vision on a sunny day?

This could be a result of vitreous floaters, which are very common. They are bits of debris floating in the vitreous jelly of your eye.

Floaters can worsen as you age, or when you look at a bright object such as the clear sky. If you are concerned about dots in your vision or if they do not clear up after an hour, you should consult your optometrist. 


What is uveitis?

Uveitis is the swelling of the uvea, or the middle layer of your eye that provides the blood supply to your retina.

It can result in dark, floating spots in your vision, eye pain, redness of the eye, blurred vision and sensitivity to light.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should book an appointment at your optometrist to rule out an infection and work out an appropriate treatment.


For more information talk to your local Specsavers optometrist or visit

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