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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:52 AM
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Why are my eyes so freaking sensitive to light? Are yours?
I want to work in the dark, I want to have just enough light to read by, and I wish I could wear my sunglasses while driving at night, because oncoming headlights blind me.

Oh, yeah, and my vision has changed radically since my last exam -- just a year ago.

What's up with this?! I'm getting my eyes checked next week and the opto better have an answer....

Are you really sensitive to light? How do you combat it? Do you know what causes it?
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MemphisTiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:54 AM
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1. Welcome to the club
my past eye exam the doctor asked if I got hit in the head. I guess he failed that whole bedside manners class. He said my eyes were very sensitive to light. I guess it's just from getting a little older. I'll be 30 next month. Yay for me.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:57 AM
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5. happy birthday
early. I'll be 42 next month. Maybe it is just aging.
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:00 PM
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10. I don't believe it's aging ..
I'll be 48 this week ..argghhhh ..

seriously, I bet your Dr asks you what meds you're on.
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kslib Donating Member (485 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:54 AM
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2. Do you wear contacts?
People might think I'm nuts, but I SWEAR that my eyes are really sensitive to light when I wear my contacts. I don't drive at night because of the headlights, and I can't go outside without sunglasses (it's WAY too bright!)

:shrug:
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:55 AM
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4. My doc says contacts do make your eyes more sensitive to light
and watering up.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:57 AM
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6. no contacts, just glasses, includin Rx sunglasses
I usually wear them when it's cloudy, too. :shrug:
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:55 AM
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3. have you stopped by the loners forum yet?
There's a thread there on the highly sensitive people book. Maybe that's a possibility, although I'm glad you're getting your eyes checked by a professional next week.

Some people are just sensitive to stimuli. I'm sensitive not only to light but sound, too.


Cher
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:59 AM
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There's a loners forum? Dude...
who knew? I'll check it out. Thanks for the tips, Cher. :hi:
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Carson Donating Member (560 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:03 PM
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12. Perhaps that explains my son's condition (see post below)...he's also
always been sensitive to loud noises.
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:59 AM
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7. Check to see what
medications you're taking and their side effects.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:59 AM
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8. a duh moment
I would never have thought of that. D'oh! Thanks, my friend.
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:00 PM
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9. oh hell yeah! I even bring sunglasses out with me at night
just in case, for some reason, I end up out all night into the next day (which HAS happened). I wear sunglasses on cloudy days because the grayness blinds me! I can't handle headlights either, especially in rearview mirrors. those halogen lights are the worst!!
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Carson Donating Member (560 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:01 PM
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11. My son is very photo-sensitive...almost to the point of photophobic.
He's been that way since a baby (he's 9 now). Taking his picture with a flash is near impossible (imagine every school picture with eyes closed) and eye exams have always been a nightmare.

Any kind of direct light is painful to his eyes. His adjustment to sunlight (walking from inside to outside) takes longer than normal. He has sunglasses he wears outside on really bright days.

There are some kinds of diseases that produce photophobia but my son has none. I've never received a satisfactory answer to why he has always been this way. It's been frustrating but we've managed to cope.

If your symptoms have come on suddenly, perhaps doctors will be able to give you an answer. Best wishes.
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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:09 PM
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13. can you say UV rays?
nt
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:12 PM
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14. It has been my observation that people with lighter eye color ..
..Have more sensitivity to light. That's not scientific, just what I have observed. My eyes are light and I have a problem with sensitivity also.
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fluffernutter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:14 PM
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15. hmm, i wonder if you have something there-
my eyes are blue and i am sensitive to light as well,
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:30 PM
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16. Same here.. Blue eyes. Does chlorine bother you as well?
I've never been able to open my eyes in the pool. It really bummed me out as a kid.
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fluffernutter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:31 PM
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17. yep. i can only do it for short amounts of time.
goggles are my friend in the pool
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:39 PM
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20. And what about cutting onions?
I mean, the fumes sting everyone's eyes a little bit, but I feel like I'm going to die if I have to cut lots of onions. I used to work at Applebees and I had to leave the kitchen when someone else was prepping onions. Gawd help me if I had to do it.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:33 PM
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19. My mother, sister and I all have sensitive eyes
And we all have blueish eyes. My father, older sister and brother have brown eyes and have no problems.
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midnight armadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:25 PM
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24. I believe there is a correlation between eye color & light sensitivity
I have heterochromatic eyes - they're a mix of green, blue, and light brown. They usually appear to be somewhat light green, but with the right shirt outside they show up as very blue. My son inherited them with a left eye that's greenish-brown in the middle with a bluish rim, and a right eye that's half that color and half medium blue. I've noticed he squints a lot in bright light too, but at 15 months our conversations on the subject are somewhat limited.

I have a tough time in sunlight, and try to wear sunglasses in the day. I cannot stand direct overhead lighting, and gray overcast skies are totally blinding to look at. Bright headlights are tough to deal with too - they can be quite painful. My wife & in-laws all have brown eyes and think I exaggerate when I flinch at the direct floodlight bulbs in my mother-in-law's kitchen. They have no light troubles at all.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:34 PM
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26. I didn't know the name
That's about what color my eyes and I have those problems also.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:28 PM
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25. That's my experience also. I have light green, light-sensitive eyes
And like Bertha Venation I'd wear my sunglasses all the time if I could.

Oh, and with light-colored eyes, the right sunglasses are VERY important.
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smirkymonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:41 PM
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30. Same here...
my eyes are very light blue and I have always been sensitive to light, even in childhood. I am one of those people who sneezes whenever I walk out into the sunlight or into a direct bright light.

People are always asking me how I can read in such dim lighting, but bright light just wigs me out. Even in the office, I have been know to unscrew the light bulbs above my desk because I can't bear direct light on me.

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WMliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:32 PM
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18. I sneeze twice whenever I go outside for the first time on a given day.
It's weird. I've done it consistently ever since I was an infant.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:02 AM
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37. I do it ANYTIME I change light
Not just the first time during the day
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the Princess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:49 PM
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21. I'm EXTREMELY light sensitive
That's why I sleep most of the day and am up most of the night. And when I am up during the day - the house is as dark as possible. But then - HE, comes home and turns on every light in the friggin house. *sigh* the compromises one makes for their spouse.

I think I may be part Vampire tho - you migh wanna check that out too! :)
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:50 PM
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22. Are you by chance nearsighted?
If yes, do you have astigmatism, too?

I ask because I have a condition called Keratoconus. It causes me to have astigmatism, myopia and be photosensitive. Just something to mention to the Eye Doctor if this sounds like you.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:12 PM
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23. astigmatism, yes.
but i've always been confused by near-sighted & far-sighted. which is which?
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:46 PM
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28. Near is when you can see better close up.
Far is when you see better at a distance.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:55 AM
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36. then I'm nearsighted
I see the eye doc on Monday. :shrug:
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ChickMagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:46 PM
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27. I sure do
But I do get migraines and I have corneal erosion. Here's what the research docs say about photophobia:

Photophobia:
"Abnormal sensitivity to light. This may occur as a manifestation of EYE DISEASES; MIGRAINE; SUBARACHNOID HEMORRHAGE; MENINGITIS; and other disorders. Photophobia may also occur in association with DEPRESSION and other MENTAL DISORDERS."

http://www.diseasesdatabase.com/umlsdef.asp?glngUserCho...

Pleasant, huh?
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:46 PM
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29. Being sensitive to light is all part of seeing!
:D
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:15 PM
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31. My eyes are sensitive after dark exposure
They open up a lot so that I can see in the dark. I can even see colors in the dark, which shocked the heck out of my dad when I proved it to him because he didn't believe that anyone could. After my eyes have opened so much though, I get blinded if I see light. I have this problem in the morning too, which is why I prefer to leave the hall light on, since it helps acclimate me after a night in darkness. I think that I've figured out how to drive in the dark by not looking at oncoming traffic, but I still have trouble if there is heavy oncoming traffic and not a lot of light at the sides of the road.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:18 PM
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32. Do you wear contact lenses?
Mine have always made me more sensitive to light.

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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:39 PM
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33. mine too
I have to wear sunglasses all the time, even when it is cloudy. The glare from the clouds is enough. It maybe aging but I have often thought it was because I am so used to wearing sunglasses that I can't live without them.
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:54 PM
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34. Are you taking prescription meds?
After I went on lithium a few years ago, I got EXTREMELY sensitive to sunlight-- so much so that prescription sunglasses became a necessity.

I also have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and was doing lightbox therapy. After I went on the lithium, I couldn't do the lightbox anymore-- all the light freaked me out, and made me spacey all day.

If you've recently changed prescriptions, I'd check with your doctor. There could be something to it.
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ignatius 2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:07 PM
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35. Big time,every since I had laser surgery for diabetic retinopahy. The
doctor says thats odd as if I am making it up..even car lights at night blind me.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:07 AM
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38. I'm glad I am - it saved my face from sun damage
Since cutting my cornea twice during my teens (hard lenses + roller coasters = pain) I wore sunglasses AND a hat or visor whenever I was on the beach. My friends whose faces look like shoe leather used to mock me, now they laugh and say they wished they would have had a reason to wear sunglasses!

My boss and colleagues are constantly turning on the lights in my office, saying "why are you sitting in the dark?" Florescent light is painful, and if I'm blessed with two huge windows in my office, I'm sure as hell going to take advantage of it if the sun is out!
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