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Vision - light sensitive
Alternative namesPhotophobia; Light sensitivity; Light hurts the eyes; Sensitivity to sunlight
DefinitionPhotophobia is eye discomfort in bright light.
ConsiderationsPhotophobia is a fairly common symptom. For many people, photophobia is not due to any underlying disease.
Home CareThe discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined since proper treatment may cure the problem.
Call your health care provider if
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting the sensitivity to light in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Again, in most cases, the cause is relatively minor and can easily be treated. However, you should be evaluated by an eye doctor or your primary doctor if the symptoms are severe or persistent.
Update Date: 8/18/2003Edward B. Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair, Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT