Light Sensitivity

Light Sensitivity

Are your eyes sensitive to light? Photophobia (light sensitivity) is eye discomfort in bright light. Light sensitivity can be problematic for some people. That’s because it can cause headaches and even dry or red eyes. While everyone is sensitive to light to some degree, people with light sensitivity are hypersensitive. Bright fluorescent lights, changes in light levels and even natural light alone can cause eye discomfort. 

Light sensitivity causes a person to shield their eyes from light, often to prevent eye pain. Consequently, some people use compensating behaviors to help them cope with bright light. From turning lights off to turning screen brightness down and shading the eyes to squinting, the reality is, being sensitive to light can have an impact on your quality of life.

What Causes Photophobia?

Photophobia is often a symptom of other another condition such as a corneal abrasion or a detached retina (which is a medical emergency). Additionally, those who have undergone refractive surgery or anyone who suffers from migraines may also experience photophobia. Eye diseases that can cause photophobia include:

  • Cataracts: a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision
  • Glaucoma: causes vision problems, such as loss of contrast sensitivity, problems with glare, and light sensitivity
  • Keratoconus: or the cornea growing into a cone-like shape
  • Dry Eyes: in which the tear ducts do not make enough, or high enough quality, tears to keep the eyes moist
Light Sensitivity

Treatment for Light Sensitivity

The best treatment for light sensitivity is to address the underlying cause. If are experiencing light sensitivity, it’s important to see an optometrist to have your eyes checked. An eye doctor will be able to examine the health of your eyes to check for any underlying eye condition which could be causing your light sensitivity. If the light sensitivity is a symptom of an eye disease like cataracts, then treatment can help.

However, when this is not the case, there are things you can do to cope with the symptoms. Things like protecting your eyes from blue light, wearing sunglasses and even eyeglasses with transitions lenses can help. Additionally, for those who wear contact lenses, Acuvue Oasys Transition contact lenses can help reduce exposure to bright light both indoors and out. For more on this, we offer some insight below.

Coping with Light Sensitivity: Transition Contact Lenses

Transition contact lenses are contacts that can adapt to light, indoors and out, helping your eyes adjust to fluctuating light conditions. While these contact lenses are not a replacement for sunglasses since the lenses do not cover the entire eye, they offer something no other contact can, protection, and relief. So, whether you are driving at night, going for a bike ride, or working late at the office, Transition contact lenses go beyond vision correction by reducing exposure to bright light both indoors and outdoors.

The best treatment is to address the underlying cause.

Treatment At Murata Eyecare

Keeping your eyes comfortable no matter where you are indoors or out while keeping your vision crisp can be achieved. The first step is having one of our eye doctors properly assess and diagnose you. If you have questions or need more information call us at (805) 522-7007. Or to book an eye exam simply click on this link to be directed to our scheduling system.