OVER SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT

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

CAUSES OF
PHOTOPHOBIA

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.

 
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 your Eye Care Professional about anti-glare, anti-UV lenses and polarized sunglasses. These help protect the eyes against sunlight and artificial indoor light. 

PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN

Learn about the importance of protecting
your eyes from the sun

PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN

Learn about the importance of protecting
your eyes from the sun

LIGHT
SOURCES

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)

FIND AN EYE CARE
PROFESSIONAL

Contact your nearest optician or optometrist.