Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to light is also called photophobia. When a person suffers from this condition, sunlight, fluorescent light, and incandescent light all cause discomfort. Headaches are also a part of sensitivity to light, making this condition difficult to manage.
People who are sensitive to light might only be bothered by bright light. However, for some, any kind of light can be irritating.
What is the cause of light sensitivity?
Contrary to what many people think, this condition is not an eye disease. It is a symptom of many conditions ranging from infections to inflammation – all that can irritate the eyes. Photophobia can also be a symptom of a more serious underlying disease that does not directly affect the eyes – such as migraines or viral infections.
People with lighter eye colors might experience more sensitivity to light in bright environments. That is because darker-colored eyes contain more pigment, which serves as built-in protection against harsh lighting. Photophobia is also caused by corneal abrasions, or uveitis. Contact lens irritation, eyeball sunburns, and refractive surgery can all cause sensitivity to light.
The best treatment is to address the underlying cause. Once that is treated, photophobia often disappears all on its own.
For people who are naturally sensitive to light, it is a good idea to avoid bright sunlight and harsh lighting environments. Wearing wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses that have ultraviolet protection is also helpful.
At Accent Eyes, we see many people who suffer from sensitivity to light. Often, we recommend wearing prescription polarized sunglasses. These sunglasses provide an extra layer of protection against the painful glare-causing reflections of light.
If you are struggling, know that there are treatments available. Call or visit us today to see how we can help improve your vision. After all, you only have one pair of eyes.