Photophobia, or light sensitivity, is an intolerance of light. Sources such as sunlight, fluorescent light and incandescent light all can cause discomfort, along with a need to squint or close your eyes. Headaches also may accompany light sensitivity. Light-sensitive people sometimes are bothered only by bright light. In extreme cases, however, any light can be irritating. Photophobia is a common symptom of migraine headaches. These are severe headaches that can be triggered by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, foods, stress, and environmental changes. Other symptoms include throbbing in one part of your head, nausea, and vomiting.
HOW IS PHOTOPHOBIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by an ophthalmologist who would do a few eye tests and also check for your reaction against lights of different kinds.
HOW IS PHOTOPHOBIA TREATED?
Treatment for this problem is solved by addressing the issue which triggered this problem in the first place. Surgery can be done to heal the same. In other cases, which are not extreme, sunglasses and averting direct sunlight contact is suggested.
DID YOU KNOW?
Photophobia may also affect patients' socioeconomic status by limiting their career choices, since many workplaces require bright lights for safety or to accommodate the work being done. Sufferers may be shut out of a wide range of both skilled and unskilled jobs, such as in warehouses, offices, workshops, classrooms, supermarkets and storage spaces. Some photophores are only able to work night shifts, which reduces their prospects for finding work.