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Alternative Names Light sensitivity; Vision - light sensitive; Eyes - sensitive to light Home Care The discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined, since proper treatment may cure the problem. Seek urgent medical attention if pain is moderate to severe in low-light conditions. Call your health care provider if Call your doctor if light sensitivity is severe. For example, if you need to wear sunglasses indoors. Also call if the sensitivity occurs with headaches, red eye or blurred vision or does not go away in a day or two. What to expect at your health care provider's office The doctor will perform a physical examination , including an eye exam. You may be asked the following questions: When did the light sensitivity begin? Does it hurt all the time or just sometimes? How bad is it? Do you need to wear dark glasses or stay in dark rooms? Did a do...
With Migraine disease, there are many possible symptoms, including photophobia. Photophobia is increased, often painful, sensitivity to light.
Photophobia often sends us seeking a dark room or has us wearing sunglasses. It can begin as early as the prodrome phase of a Migraine attack (see Anatomy of a Migraine) and continue through the rest of the attack.
Just to be contrary and confuse us, many Migraineurs find ourselves experiencing photophobia interictally (between Migraine attacks.)
Researchers ate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have discovered why light makes Migraine pain worse. It has to do with how visual and pain pathways converge in the brain. Lead researcher Dr. Rami Burstein commented:
"We had no clue in the world where in the world light and pain talk to each other in the brain. They have completely different pathways in the brain... We identified a new pathway in the brain that originates in the eye and goes to the brain areas wher...
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