FAQ - Photophobia
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For some reason my pupils are always very dilated, which causes me a degree of photophobia even in normal light. For example, if I walk out of a building into daylight, even if the sun isn't out, the brightness causes significant pain for a couple of minutes before I get used to it.

I'm mildly short sighted, which I wear glasses for and have done for the past year.

Is there anything I can do (other than wear sunglasses all the time) to stop the photophobia? Eyedrops or something I could use to constrict my pupils??

Hello there ! Well the best thing you can do is find out the underlying cause of your photophobia!
"Often, photophobia is a symptom of another underlying problem, such as a corneal abrasion, uveitis, or a central nervous system disorder such as meningitis. Light sensitivity may also be associated with retinal detachment, contact lens irritations, sunburn and refractive surgery.

Photophobia often accompanies albinism, total color deficiency (seeing only in shades of gray), botulism, rabies, mercury poisoning, conjunctivitis, keratitis and iritis. Certain rare diseases, such as the genetic disorder keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans (KFSD), are reported to cause photophobia. And some medications may cause light sensitivity as a side effect, including belladonna, furosemide, quinine, tetracycline and doxycycline."

The best way to treat photophobia is to treat the underlying cause. In most cases that makes the photophobia stop.

If that doesn't work and your still experiencing extreme photophobia there are prosthetic contact lenses that are specially colored to look like your own eyes. Prosthetic contact lenses can reduce the amount of light that enters the eye, so your eyes are more comfortable.

Best thing to do is see an ophthalmologist to find out the underlying cause of your photophobia and you can work from there!!! :) hope that helps a bit  (+ info)

How long does photophobia last and what can I do to alleviate the problem?

I've been sleeping in my contacts. I know it was a bad idea, but it's too late now. My eyes are way too sensitive to the light. What can I do besides wering sunglasses?

You need to go to an eye doctor. Sleeping in your contact promotes infection. Conjunctivitis or pink eye will cause photophobia. You will need antibiotics. Also sleeping in your contacts will promote calcium and other mineral build up. This can also contribute to your photophobia. I used to wear contacts.. I get conjunctivits several times and I get sick of it. I went and had lasik laser surgery done and it was the best thing I have ever done. It is somewhat pricey but, not as pricey as it used to be. Plus, it pays for itself by me not having to buy contacts and cleaning supplies for the contacts and make appointments to see the eye doctor once or twice a year. I definitely recommend doing it. I hope this helps. Good luck.  (+ info)

What is best for photophobia when using a computer: "night vision glasses for driving at night", or gunnar?

Do "night vision glasses" do any help or is just a color, compared to gunnar glasses which have XXI century technology?

If glare is your problem, I would suggest getting an anti-reflective coating for your lenses. This usually costs between 50 and 90 dollars. I would not suggest gunnar solely for computer use.  (+ info)

What is best for photophobia and visual fatigue?

Now, there are those led displays, which have 1000000:1 contrast and 120hz refresh rate, but, is it that enought to get rid of visual fatigue when working on a computer, or Gunnar glasses are better

Feeling visual fatigue at a computer can be from a few different things. Sometimes your eyes can get tired from feeling dry. You may also be experiencing asthenopia from needing glasses. If you are over 40 years old I know for sure this is what you are experiencing. You may also just need glasses.  (+ info)

Can you have photophobia (light sensitivity) without having an eye disease?

I was reading about photophobia and it seems to be caused by diseases or cataracts. Is it possible to have eyes which are overly sensitive to light, without there being any underlying condition?

Basically can you just have sensitive eyes without there necessarily being a cataract or a disease?

Thanks in advance.

Yes it's possible.
But people should get in checked out just in case.  (+ info)

Any tips on how to help my photophobia?

I take multivitamins, and omega 3&6. It isn't just bright lights either, sometimes it is dim light.
I guess I have photo-phobia, in light [mainly outside light] my eyes water and they become stricken with pain. The pain is like a pounding, burning pain. Any tips on how to stop this? sunglasses don't really work.

Thanks in advance :)
Not just outside light, but mainly... some inside light too


this will surely help you  (+ info)

Will i ever get rid of photophobia due to fever that i met with.?

I'm 17 yrs old boy. a week before iwas suffering from high fever & my platelet count have fallen very low to 75000 only after it i'm suffering from photophobia i.e. i can't withstand with high intensity of light.

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Can anyone suggest me some homeopathic or ayurvedic medicines for migraine with severe photophobia ?

Your remedy in Homeopathy is probably Natrium Mur in 30 three times a day according to the symptoms you have given here. Below you will find the list of the Homeopathic remedies most frequently prescribed for Migraines and Head aches with different symptoms Read carefully.

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT(s) FOR SINUSITIS / HEADACHES / MIGRAINES (Without any side effects or complications) :-


Right sided frontal sinusitis; discharge thick, yellowish; worse by cold,damp and exertion Penicillinum 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

Sinusitis after mastoid operation Helka lava 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

In acute or chronic sinusitis; catarrh with stringy discharge Kali Bich 30X 4 hourly

Tearing pain in head; from root of nose, extending to forehead with nausea; dryness of mucous passages Natrum Mur 30X, 4 hourly

Pain begins at the back of head and settles over the eyes; worse under a fan Silicea 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

Chronic cold with loss of smell and yellow green phlegm; better in cool, open air Pulsatilla 30X or 200X 4 hourly

Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200X or 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

Complaints worse early morning; aversion to take bath Sulphur 200X weekly (3 Doses)


With constant nausea; clean tongue Ipecac 30X, 3 hourly

With severe throbbing and rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30X, 3 hourly

Due to over eating; stomach disorders; tongue thickly whitish coated; worse bathing specially after river bathing Antim Crud 30X or 200 4 hourly(3 Doses)

Due to exposure to dry, cold wind; sudden with anxiety Aconite Nap.30X or 200X, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

With watering of eyes and sensitiveness to bright light Euphrasia 30X, 3 hourly

Headache; better by bending backwards; due to nerve injury Hypericum 30X, 3 hourly

Headache with humming in ears; due to nervous weakness Kali Phos.6X or 30X, 3 hourly

Hammering headache; worse during menstrual cycle going in sun; school girls head ache, Natrum Mur.30X or 200X, 4 hourly

Headache starts from nape of neck and shift over to the head; patient desires to lie down quietly; better passing urine Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

Violent headache due to working under gas light; sun-stroke Glonoine 6X or 30X, 2 hourly

Bursting headache; worse by stooping and movements; excessive thirst and constipation Bryonia 30X or 200X, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

Nervous headache; after grief, disappointment; worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Headache; due to sinusitis, pressure and pain at the root of nose Kali Bich 30X, 4 hourly

Due to eating rich fatty food, loss of thirst, better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30X, 4 hourly

Due to eye strain; disturbances of accomodation of eye sight Ruta Grav 30X, 4 hourly

After taking alcoholic drinks; sedentary habits; chilly patient Nux Vomica 30X, 4 hourly

Sun haedcahe; aggravation from sun rise to sunset; from cardiac origin Kalmia Lat.30X or 200X, 6 hourly

Of school children; crushing headache, pressure on top of head Acid Phos 30, 4 hourly

Headache localised; at the nape of neck; worse by walking and noise Pneumococcin 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

Frontal headache; neuralgic pain above and behind the right eye; heaviness of head. Better by rest, lying down and eating Penicillinum 30X or 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

Headache worse early morning;empty gone sensation at 10 -11 A.M. Sulphur 200X or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)


From mental work; cold, uncovering head, pressure, sitting upright or sun-stroke Glonoinum 30X, 3 hourly

For nervous, gastric, bilious individuals. Migraine due to mental over exertion in teachers and students. Right sided, specially Sunday migraine, blurred vision, hemiopia; blindness; often burning pain in entire gastro-intestinal tract with violent acid vomiting at the height of attack; worse hot weather; spring and fall; better after vomiting or sufficient night sleep Iris v.200X or above, 10 min (3 Doses)

For irritable hypochondriacs of bad temper; cholerics, neuropathics; from abuse of alcohol, coffee, spices, tobacco, vexation and worry, mental over exertion, business worries, sexual excesses, sedentary habits, cold dry air and winds Nux Vomica 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

For pronounced vasomotor individuals (irritable and full of fear) during pre-climacteric and menopausal stage.Tired expression, head congestion, circumscribed red cheeks; pain above right eye, throbbing, stitching, rhythmic pain, often in every 8 days, early morning, beginning in nape, extending upwards, locating in the region of eye, rising and falling with the sun; sensation of heavy congestion Sanguinaria C 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

For weak, fat and irritable patient; often apathetic, changing moods, strange changes of character (egocenteric), memory weak, due to disturbance during climacteric period, results of tobacco abuse. Person with shallow complexion, yellow saddle across the nose; pain located on left temple; throbbing, stitching pains Sepia 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

For neuropathic persons, full of fear caused by noises, change of weather or worms; with face pale, located above left eye; specially left pupil (ciliary neuralgia); sharp, shooting, tearing, stitching, periodical pain from occiput to left eye; slowly rising in intensity with sun. Bile vomiting at the height of attack, slowly improving with setting sun. Feeling as if head were open along sagittal suture Spigelia 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

Left sided; worse during and after sleep; before menstruation; heat; during menopause Lachesis 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200X or 1M, fortnightly (3 Doses) .

Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine
Feel free to email me if you do not understand anything or if you want to discuss anything.

Take Care and God Bless you !  (+ info)

Could extremely high sensitivity to light (photophobia) be a result of a Benadryl type of medication?

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Extreme Photophobia after chemotherapy?

I developed sever photophobia following chemotherapy.I have been evaluated by several Drs, and they state everything is fine. I see glare off of everything, and sometimes everything goes dark for about 1 minute then everything goes back to normal.

Yes, photophobia may be caused by chemotherapy.

You can have it checked by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or eye care specialist) where you can be informed of management and treatment. Meanwhile, you can wear dark colored glasses to minimize the light that enters your eye.
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