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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.

Call your doctor or ophthalmologist 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

is based on the cause. You may be given any of the following eyedrops:

  • Artificial tears are eyedrops that can help moisturize your eyes. Moisture in your eye may help relieve your photophobia. Ask your healthcare provider how often to use artificial tears.
  • Antibiotics help treat a bacterial infection.
  • Steroids help treat eye swelling.
  • Antivirals help treat a viral infection.
  • Antifungals help treat a fungal infection.
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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 doctor or ophthalmologist 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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