Photophobia is the word used to describe the symptom of eyes sensitive to light. If you have photophobia, when exposed to light, your eyes may become watery, experience a sharp pain, and your eyelids will squint. Photophobia can be mild, moderate, or severe. As a Low Vision Optometry Clinic, we are equipped to help you with your photophobia.
Just because you have photophobia does not mean you have an eye or brain disease- it can happen on its own (known as Idiopathic Photophobia). This is common. Mild photophobia is more common in light eyed individuals. Severe photophobia is often related to an eye condition or disease.
What can I do to Improve Photophobia?
If you have not seen an eye care specialist, begin by making an appointment. If your photophobia just started recently or is accompanied by other symptoms of red eyes, mucous, blur, or pain, let your doctor’s office know over the phone that you are experiencing these symptoms and request to be seen within 1 day. If your photophobia has been stable for a long period or you have been cleared by your eye doctor, try these strategies:
Can A Doctors Note Allow me to Tint My Car Windows in California?
An eye doctor can provide you with a note stating you have photophobia and requesting your employer or school to make accommodations. However, California law requires you to use additional shades and tints that are easily removable and should be removed at night. You cannot have your windows permanently tinted to protect your eyes from the sunlight, even with a doctor’s note. Other states laws may differ. See below for the exact wording of California law.
Lysle Shaw-McMinn, O.D.
Dr. Lysle graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 2014. His knowledge of technology and enthusiasm for pediatric and senior care has brought him to work with us in Sun City Vision Center.
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