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Photophobia Or Light Sensitivity Affects Sufferers In Bright Light Conditions

by Beth Griffiths on 12th May 2017

Photophobia - Light Sensitivity

For some individuals, the presence of bright light and the discomfort it causes can feel intolerable. Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, can be very problematic for these people, particularly where powerful lamps and bright sunshine are present. This can be a symptom of an underlying problem.

Our eyes are a sensitive organ and the sense of being exposed to brightness for some can trigger headaches and the feeling of nausea as well as the usual reaction of squinting and the need to shield the eyes.

Photophobia can be caused by a few suspects such as corneal inflammation, dry eyes, new medication, or other conditions such as conjunctivitis or cataracts.

Photophobia symptoms can be helped by wearing peaked hats or caps or by wearing wraparound sunglasses with UV protectionPolarised lenses can be especially effective as they are excellent at blocking glare from watery surfaces, bright lights and any other type of reflective surfaces. Photochromic lenses (lenses that react to light and go dark or light depending on how bright it is) are also great additions for sufferers.

Individuals who have darker coloured eyes are less susceptible to the condition because darker irises contain larger levels of melanin which is part of nature's natural protection against harsher light conditions.

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