EYE sensitivity to Light
Do you have sensitive skin or eye's? I have this issue too so I use very strong sun block and try to where cloths that cover skin but are light they make clothes that are actually meant for sun protection, also a good pair of sun glasses that have coverage. I also get very hot so I keep water with me and sweat so I like to buy those ice packs that you pop and get cold real quick. Anyways good luck.
I have a light sensitivity issue also. I've always used the darkest sunglasses when I used to wear contacts. Now that Im an old fuddy-duddy, I need bifocals. :0)
I've had my regular glasses tinted about halfway towards sunglasses. They made my sunglasses as dark as possible. Try adjusting where you sit in regards to the lights in your room. I find if my lamps are off to the side of me instead of directly at me it makes a big difference. Use lower watt light bulbs; this will help as well. It doesn't have to be a drastic change. Little changes here and there will add up yo a lot in the long run. I hope some of this has been helpful. Feel free to ask about other changes.
Is your light sensitivity in one eye or both? If it is in one eye only, you should see an ophthalmologist. Certain eye infections can cause light sensitivity. It is possible to have infection in both eyes so it might be a good idea to see an ophthalmologist for a good eye check-up, just to be sure nothing is going on. Cataracts can make you very sensitive to light and glare as well. I would recommend that you see your ophthalmologist, not just an optometrist.
Thank you Ladies for all your help. I just came from Optometrist and have cataracts! My right eye can't be corrected anymore so onto am opthamalogist for the next round. I will get better sunglasses, hat, bulbs, etc. and hope for the best with the cataracts, no insurance...
Again thank you all for your time and sharing of info. SeeknFind
I get severe migraines all the time, so I understand about light sensitivity. I have glasses that start to tint, (sorry can't think of their name), as soon as they hit sunlight. BUT, I also wear sunglasses over, especially in the car where the tinting doesn't work. I must have six pairs of sunglasses to go over my glasses for every possible situation.
Also, fluorescent bulbs, which are all the rage now, produce a flickering that you cannot perceive, but causes light sensitivity. I would use natural light whenever possible in your home, and there are newer fluorescents that are more like incandescent lightbulbs that don't flicker as much. I realize that the government is fazing away with the incandescent bulb, which is why I am suggesting this. Also, having glass with a slight tint in them for indoors helps also.
Don't know if you have a problem with TV, but there are settings that you can reduce the brightness, and watch with the tinted glasses to avoid sensitivity there also. You can purchase cheap glasses online so that you have different ones for different situations. I believe that Coastal.com has EXCELLENT prices so that you can afford more than one pair. In fact, when I first signed up for their emails, I got a FREE pair of prescription eyeglasses from them.
If your eyes get overly stimulated, a cool or warm compress, your choice, is excellent for calming things down. Lastly, several times a day, put your elbows on a table, and "palm" or cup your eyes so that all light is gone. This helps to relax your eyes.
Good luck to you!!
Hi Seekfind. I am so sorry to hear that you now have cataracts. I was going to suggest the 'Solar Vision' glasses they advertise on TV. You can now buy them almost anywhere in the section of stores it will be on a shelf with other products as "Sold on Television Only" stuff. Most drug stores carry them. My husband bought 2 pairs one for me & one for himself. They are large enough I wear them over my regular glasses, & they are wonderful. I also have bright light problems. They sort of wrap around your eyes too so no light gets in. They are UV protected too. They even have little windows on the sides for your periphial(sp) vision. They are great! They are heavier tinted on the top & less on the bottom of the lenses. I believe they are $10 a pair, but well worth the money. Good luck with the opthamologist. Surgery today for cataracts is usually very simple as it is done with a laser not a knife. You can go online to check out the doctors success rates too. Good luck to you, & let us know how it goes... Mary
We all get cataracts at some point, if you are around long enough. Some sooner than later. My brother-in-law is a physician who works with tiny cells. He was worried as damage to his eyes meant his livelihood and profession. he went to a surgical ophthalmologist with a long track record. It went excellent and now he doesn't need glasses. Believe me, he was nervous.
When you select your surgeon, and they will tell you when it requires surgery as it depends upon how advanced it is, be sure to ask the doc how many of these surgeries he has done and how often. that will reassure you. Should have done hundreds and you got a pro. This is not an emergency procedure so you have plenty of time to decide once you see the specialist. It will be fine.
I have had a problem with light sensitivity/photophobia for a few years now and I have set up a website dealing specifically with the issue of How to live with photophobia. It is called Glarminy.com. Feel free to check it out. I hope you will find many useful tips on Glarminy.
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