Dealing With Starburst and Halo Effects



The most common experience I hear from people who have recently gotten the Visian ICL surgery is the VERY noticeable halos and starburst effects at night or in other low light situations.

Same experience for me.

My Visian ICL Halos & Starburst Glares

It has been exactly 6 months since my Visian ICL procedure. I need to go in for a 6 month follow up visit but this halo issue is pretty ridiculous and I wanted to make my appointment with the actual surgeon, Dr. Campion, who performed my procedure.

I have not seen him for any of my follow-up visits yet. So the soonest I could get in to see Dr. Campion is January 3rd, I will post about my follow-up visit after I get the word on the crazy halos I’m experiencing.

starburstsAround one month after the Visian ICL procedure I began having halos and glares at night or in areas of low light.

With each follow-up visit I was told they will subside over time. There for awhile they seemed to be becoming less noticeable, but for the past 2 months they seem to be getting worse.

Even on my 3 month follow-up visit the Dr. told me to keep putting Refresh eyedrops in 3 times a day and every once in awhile to put in a drop of Durezol.

I have done all of these things and when I put these drops in my eyes at night the halos subside for awhile but they always seem to come back.

Visian ICL Halos Research


With some searching I found that what I’m seeing is like a mixture of the starburst effect and the halo effect.

I have seen that the starburst effect happens a lot with those people who have had the LASIK procedure but not as often with the Visian ICL.

Maybe it’s because my prescription was so high to begin with?

I’m not really sure.

But, then I came across this study published in 2001.

It says that all patients, as part of the study, were happy with the postoperative refractive outcome of their Visian ICL and during daytime, no visual discomfort was reported.

In contrast, most patients reported visual disturbances during dim light conditions and at night time, described as glare and halos.

The objective measurements shoed in most eyes increased glare and halos which was most prominent in eyes with an ICL, followed by the NuVita IOL.

In contrast, patients with an Artisan 6.0 lens reported significantly less glare and halo problems. (I have no idea if my lens is an Artisan 6.0)

What Do I See?

It’s hard to explain what I’m seeing, I have provided a few pictures that kinda explain it but in order to really know you would have to be experiencing this exact same thing or see through my eyes.

My eyes do seem to get a little itchy when these starburst/halos start appearing. Maybe a little dryness as well, it’s really hard to tell since I have never experienced dry eye.

Driving at night at this time is pretty scary, I try not to unless I really have to. And I certainly wouldn’t drive a long distance down country roads at night.

I’m still extremely pleased with the results of my Visian ICL procedure 6 months later. It’s just a little frustrating to be seeing such extreme opposites during the day as opposed to the night.

The day vision is still better than perfect.

Then, nightfall comes and I’m inundated with starbursts and halos that take over a good 80% of my field of vision.

Conclusion & Follow Up

I just wanted to let you guys know how everything is going 6 months later. And look for an updated post coming soon, which will be after my 7-month follow-up visit.

Let me know in the comments if you have had any experience with the starbursts or halo effect after the Visian ICL procedure. And also what you have done to minimize these effects.

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