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Can Dry Eye Treatment Help with Photophobia?

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If you suffer from light sensitivity, our eye doctor in Citrus Heights, California , can help!

Photophobia, defined as light sensitivity, can make it uncomfortable for you to be in environments with bright light. If you think about it, the whole concept of light sensitivity is somewhat unusual – because light is an integral part of vision. Without light, the entire process of vision cannot take place. So what causes photophobia?

At EYEcenter Optometric, we’ve diagnosed many of our photophobic patients with dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome, which currently affects about one-third of the worldwide population, can cause ocular stinging, eye fatigue, burning, and redness. In addition to these painful symptoms, dry eyes often cause light sensitivity.

Are dry eyes and photophobia a common combination?

Yes! Some studies have shown that three out every four individuals with dry eyes also suffer from extreme light sensitivity. One reason for this could be because a dry ocular surface has irregularities that disperse light entering the eye, leading to photophobia. Frequently, exposure to light can also trigger dry eye symptoms. But not all light is equal, and the following types of light are more likely to lead to the discomfort of dry eyes:

  • Computer and digital screens (any light source that emits a high quantity of blue light)
  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Flashing or flickering lights
  • Watching TV
  • Bright sunlight

Can dry eye treatments help with light sensitivity?

The effects of dry eyes and photophobia can be severe, with symptoms that seriously affect your daily living and quality of life. Disturbed vision and lower pain tolerance are some challenges caused by dry eyes. Combined with photophobia, many people suffer emotionally and physically, especially when these problems lead to social isolation, anxiety and depression. Fortunately, a variety of techniques and remedies may help. Our Citrus Heights eye doctor shares the following tips:

  • Try indoor light sensitivity glasses – These specialty glasses are tinted for indoor use. They filter certain wavelengths of blue light that can worsen photophobia caused by dry eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors – Polarized lenses to cut down the sun’s glare, as well as rose-colored that help block the blue light sunglasses are both known to be particularly helpful. Be sure to buy sunglasses with UV protection, and consider wraparound styles because they block the highest amount of light. One important point – don’t wear sunglasses indoors! It can worsen your photophobia. Sometimes, gradual exposure to more light can improve the symptoms of light sensitivity.
  • Visit your eye doctor for dry eye treatments – By treating your dry eyes, we can help eliminate your light sensitivity. First, you need a specialized dry eye exam to identify the root of the problem. Then, our eye doctor will recommend the most suitable dry eye treatment, such as medicated eye drops, drugs to increase tear production, anti-inflammatory medicines, or even lubricating eye inserts.

Photophobia and dry eyes? Visit our Citrus Heights, California , eye care center for an eye exam.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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