Bright lights might irritate the eyes of someone with light sensitivity, or in clinical diagnosis, Photophobia.
A typical sign of many eye diseases is light sensitivities and that is why this appears to be common and overlooked by many. These symptoms might even sometimes appear for reasons unrelated to problems with the eyes. Light sensitivity is common, but how can you tell whether it’s a sign of anything more serious than just having two eyeballs light-sensitive? Learn more about light sensitivity, its causes, and when it’s time to consult a doctor in the sections below.
What are the Causes?
- Irritation of the colored ring around your eye’s pupil can cause light sensitivity: conjunctivitis (inflammation of eyelid tissue) or iritis (swelling and inflammation of the iris) Increased tears, redness, and pain in the affected eye, as well as a gritty sensation in the eye are a manifestations of dry eye syndrome, which happens when the tear glands fail to produce enough tears to lubricate the eyes, resulting in dry eyes. There can also be other symptoms such as pain, burning, and issues with contact lenses.
- A corneal abrasion is a scratch or injury to the cornea, the clear, transparent covering on the front of the eye. Getting a particle in your eyes, such as dirt or sand, can quickly lead to conjunctivitis. Inflammation, watery eyes, and a rosy appearance are all possible additional symptoms.
- There are several migraine symptoms, including photophobia. One of the most common causes of migraine is a disturbance in the body’s hormonal balance. Other potential triggers include meals, stress, and the environment. Aside from the throbbing in one portion of your head, you may also experience nausea and vomiting as well.
How to Treat at Home?
The first thing you can do at home to alleviate the discomfort of photophobia is to avoid the sun as often as possible and keep the lights lowered. Keeping your eyes shut or using dark-colored glasses might also help. Glasses the woodlands may also be necessary and recommended if you have other eyesight problems.
What is the best time to go to the doctor?
A person’s sensitivity to light isn’t always a cause for concern. The same is true if you know what triggers your hypersensitivity to light, such as experiencing a migraine. Other times, however, it’s better to visit a medical professional especially when you experience severe symptoms. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may want to see your physician:
- Sensitivity to light hurts
- Your sensitivity to light has increased.
- you’re experiencing other symptoms like blurry vision or watery eyes.
- An eye injury occurred to you when you were out
- you must wear sunglasses even if you are in the house
In order to determine if your light sensitivities mean photophobia, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor and do it immediately as this can still be treated. Symptoms may be alleviated if the underlying cause is addressed.
If you’re having severe photophobia or if you’d want more advice on how to alleviate your symptoms, see your doctor.
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