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Sensitivity to light is the inability to tolerate light, medically known as photophobia. In someone who is light sensitive, any type of light source (sunlight, fluorescent light, incandescent light) can cause discomfort. Photophobia typically causes a need to squint or close the eyes, and headache, nausea, or other symptoms may be associated with photophobia. People with light-colored eyes are more likely to have sensitivity to bright light than those with darker-pigmented eyes. Sensitivity to light is caused by a number of conditions that affect the eye as well as conditions that affect the entire body.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Eye Pain, Headache, and/or Eye Discharge.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/2/2012

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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Other Causes of Photophobia
  • Albinism
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body in the Eye
  • Medications
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Trauma to the Eyes
  • Viral Infection




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