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Photophobia

All types of light, ranging from interior lighting fixtures to streetlights and to the bright rays of the sun, have the potential to cause eye discomfort or pain. Photophobia refers to this ocular sensitivity to light.

An eye irritation or infection may cause photophobia. Other culprits include albinism, migraines, recent eye surgery or a variety of vision problems. In rare incidences, a congenital disease or certain medications may increase your sensitivity to light. The retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye, is responsible for processing images. Treatment for photophobia involves treating the underlying cause that is disturbing the retina.

With light-sensitivity, the retina sends signals to the brain that are interpreted as discomfort or pain. The level of discomfort is in direct proportion with the strength of the light source, and it doesn’t matter if the light is man-made or natural.

Signs of Photophobia

When exposed to bright light, symptoms of itching, burning, wincing and squinting may all be experienced. Excessive tear production is another sign of photophobia.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suffer from light-sensitivity, you should schedule a consultation with your eye care professional.

People with lighter-colored eyes generally have more of a tendency towards photophobia, and intense light is likely to bother them. If you have light eyes, the lower quantity of pigment is less efficient at diffusing the light beams.

Photophobia may be temporary, or it can appear as a permanent side-effect of an underlying eye condition. The only way to treat photophobia is therefore to get to the root of the problem with a comprehensive eye exam. It’s important to mention any current medications to your eye doctor, as they may be associated with photophobia.

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In response to the recent announcement of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order on the mask mandates, we would like to reinforce the importance of mask-wearing in our office as recommended by the CDC and the State and Federal Optometric organizations. All staff members, patients and guests will be required to wear a mask in our office even if vaccinated. Although we have been encouraged by the recent declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as well as increasing vaccinations, it is essential to continue our safety efforts to help stop the spread and reduce transmission as new COVID-19 variants spread across our communities.

Our top priority is the safety of our team members, patients and their families. Thus, we will continue to enforce all of our existing COVID-19 prevention protocols by diligently disinfecting all surfaces, practicing hand hygiene, socially distancing and wearing a mask in the office. We truly appreciate your support and understanding as we protect our employees, patients and communities.

Baker Family Eyecare Management