Light sensitivity; Vision - light sensitive; Eyes - sensitivity to light
Photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light.
Photophobia is common. For many people, the problem is not due to any disease. Severe photophobia may occur with eye problems. It can cause bad eye pain, even in low light.
Causes may include:
Things you can do to ease light sensitivity include:
If eye pain is severe, see your health care provider about the cause of light sensitivity. Proper treatment may cure the problem. Get medical help right away if your pain is moderate to severe, even in low-light conditions.
Call your provider if:
The provider will perform a physical exam, including an eye exam. You may be asked the following questions:
Tell your provider if you have any of these symptoms:
The following tests may be done:
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Review Date: 5/10/2023
Reviewed By: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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