Sensitivity to light can range from a mild annoyance to serious hinderance in one’s daily activities. It can affect a person’s workflow and may be exacerbated in nighttime or low-light environments. Sensitivity to light can also cause issues with extended computer work and can be due to a variety of causes including uncorrected refractive error & inflammation in the eye. Additionally, people with lighter-coloured eyes and/or dry eye tend to be more prone to light sensitivity. Treatments can include spectacles, vision therapy and dry eye therapy depending on the cause. If this is a new symptom, it may indicate an acute ocular health issue. If you are experiencing sensitivity to light, schedule an appointment with your optometrist for a proper diagnosis.

 

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