Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. It is characterized by a heightened sensitivity to light, which can cause discomfort, pain, and even headaches or migraines.
There are many potential causes of light sensitivity, including underlying medical conditions such as migraines, cataracts, or corneal abrasions. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antibiotics or antidepressants, or a symptom of eye infections or injuries.
If you experience light sensitivity, it's important to see us for a comprehensive eye exam. We will examine your eyes and ask you questions about your medical history and any medications you are taking to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Treatment for light sensitivity typically involves addressing the underlying cause of the condition. For example, if it is a side effect of medication, your doctor may adjust your dosage or switch you to a different medication. If it is related to an underlying condition such as migraines, they may recommend specific medications or lifestyle changes to manage your symptoms.
In addition to medical treatment, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to light and alleviate your symptoms. These may include wearing sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat to block out sunlight, using polarized or tinted lenses on your eyeglasses, or avoiding bright lights or screens when possible.
By working closely with your healthcare team and taking steps to manage your light sensitivity, you can reduce your discomfort and protect your vision.