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

Seek care immediately 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.

Treatment for photophobia

will depend on the cause. Medicine may be prescribed to decrease your pain or treat an infection.

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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Learn more about Photophobia (Ambulatory Care)

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