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Photophobia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Photophobia is an eye condition where your eyes are sensitive to light.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe eye pain.
  • You have vision loss.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have changes in your vision.
  • Your symptoms do not improve after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Medicines can help decrease pain or swelling in your eye. You may need medicine to treat an infection.
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  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Manage your photophobia:

  • Wear sunglasses as directed. Sunglasses help decrease exposure to light.
  • Avoid light as much as possible. Turn off lights and keep blinds or curtains shut.
  • Do not wear contact lenses. Contacts can cause eye discomfort.
  • Do not wear makeup. Makeup can cause eye irritation.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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