What is the medical term for sensitivity to light?
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Subsequently, one may also ask, what can cause light sensitivity?
According to Medline Plus from the National Library of Medicine, some causes of sensitivity to light include:
- Eye inflammation.
- Corneal abrasion or ulcer.
- Wearing contact lenses too long or lenses that fit poorly.
- Eye infection, diseases, injury or recovering from eye surgery.
- Migraine headaches.
Similarly, what are the causes of photophobia? The two most common causes of photophobia are migraine and blepharospasm (a movement disorder that causes frequent blinking). Dry eyes can complicate chronic photophobia, so a visit to the ophthalmologist may be helpful. Once the correct diagnosis is made, there are treatments.
Keeping this in consideration, how do I get rid of my light sensitivity?
How to treat photophobia
- medications and rest for migraine.
- eye drops that reduce inflammation for scleritis.
- antibiotics for conjunctivitis.
- artificial tears for mild dry eye syndrome.
- antibiotic eye drops for corneal abrasions.
How is photophobia diagnosed?
Your doctor will identify the cause of your photophobia by listening to your medical history, performing a physical examination and an eye examination, and possibly doing some specialized diagnostic tests as well. The first thing your doctor will ask you is whether your symptoms occur all the time or at certain times.