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Over Sensitivity
to light

Photophobia can be
uncomfortable and
can lead to headaches,
but specialised lenses
can help.

  • Fotofobia e reflexos
  • Luz artificial e fotofobia
  • Fotofobia e luz solar


Photophobia can result in sensitivity to various light sources, including:

  • Sunlight
  • Roads and other reflective surfaces
  • Glare on water
  • Reflections off sand and snow
  • Snow
  • Artificial light sources (fluorescent lights)

Causes of

The problem can be the result of a range of eye conditions.

Lighter eye colour - Lighter-coloured eyes tend to be more sensitive to bright sunlight or strong artificial lighting, as they contain less pigment than darker eyes.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) - Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye, which is sometimes linked to allergies. Allergic conjunctivitis can cause light sensitivity.

Corneal abrasion - Damage to the surface layer of the cornea can lead to photophobia. This can be the result of a minor injury, a problem with a contact lens, or the presence of dirt or grit in the eye.

Detached retina - If the retina becomes detached from its support tissue, it can no longer function properly, so is unable to control the amount of light entering the eye.

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Over-sensitivity to light can also be linked to an infection or inflammation of the eye, a virus or a headache or migraine. Treating the underlying problem will generally improve light sensitivity. Sufferers should also speak to an optician about anti-glare, anti-UV lenses and polarised sunglasses. These help protect the eyes against sunlight and artificial indoor light. 



Cut the glare

Glasses with anti-reflective lenses are available to help reduce the glare from light sources. Ask your optician for more details. 

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