Photophobia, or light sensitivity, is an
intolerance of light. It is a symptom of excessive sensitivity to light
and the aversion to sunlight or well-lit places. In ordinary medical
terms photophobia is not a morbid fear, but an experience of discomfort
or pain to the eyes due to light exposure.
Photophobia is a fairly common symptom. For many people, photophobia is
not due to any underlying disease. Severe photophobia may be associated
with eye problems and cause severe eye pain even in relatively low
infection like conjunctivitis, uveitis, chalazion
- Meningitis - photophobia is one characteristic symptom of
- Excessive wearing of contact lenses.
- Eye conditions
- Drugs like- amphetamines, atropine, cocaine,
cyclopentolate, idoxuridine, phenylephrine, scopolamine, trifluridine,
tropicamide, and vidarabine.
- Certain rare diseases, such as the genetic disorder
keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans (KFSD)
The best treatment for light sensitivity is to address the underlying
cause. Once the triggering factor is treated, photophobia disappears in
If medication is causing light sensitivity side effects, discontinuing
the drug will normally solve the problem. Patients should wear
sunglasses with ultraviolet protection and a hat with a brim to
decrease the symptoms. Light sources should be shielded to prevent
direct light into the eyes, and sources of glare in the environment
should be eliminated.
Role of homoeopathy
The Homeopathic system of medicine which is proved on living human
beings is very effective in both acute and chronic conditions with
highest precision. It cures the disease from the root and establishes
the harmony in health. After diagnosing the cause, homoeopathic
medicines will help in curing the condition.
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