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Light Sensitivity

Light sensitivity, or photophobia, is a condition in which light hurts your eyes. In mild cases you may need to squint when you go outside or if in a brightly lit room. More severe cases of light sensitivity can result in pain when exposed to almost any type of light.

Causes of light sensitivity

Light sensitivity can be a symptom of a wide range of conditions – from minor annoyances to serious medical problems. Light sensitivity is a common symptom of migraine headaches. It can also be a sign of a serious brain condition such as encephalitis, meningitis or a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing light sensitivity and:

  • fever and chills
  • irritability and confusion
  • a stiff neck
  • nausea or vomiting
  • severe headache
  • numbness in parts of your body
  • loss of consciousness or convulsions
  • blurred or double vision

You should also see a doctor if you are experiencing extreme light sensitivity along with persistent or severe eye pain, watering of the eye, or the feeling that something is in your eye. These could be signs of a more serious condition.

Light sensitivity is a common symptom of a number of eye conditions including:

Light sensitivity can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as belladonna, furosemide, quinine, tetracycline and doxycycline.

How EyeSpecialists can help

At Eye Specialists we can help determine the cause of your light sensitivity and treat any underlying eye conditions. By using the latest diagnostic tools we can make a diagnosis more quickly and with the greatest accuracy.

Your treatment will depend on the cause and severity of your light sensitivity. Our doctors are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions of all types. So whether your light sensitivity is mild or severe, EyeSpecialists can help. Call us today to make an appointment to see one of our ophthalmologists.

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