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Painful eye, sensitive to light and watering. Slightly bloodshot and red round the iris. Had a similar thing last year was told it may be allergy?

Painful eye, sensitive to light and watering. Slightly bloodshot and red round the iris. Had a similar thing last year was told it may be allergy?

Likely iritis: I would say you have recurrent inflammation of the anterior segment called Iritis (Uveitis), likely related to your systemic condition of low back pain. If you know you have ankylosing spondylitis (inflammatory arthritis of the low back), then this is associated w/ it. You need a complete ophthalmological exam by an Eye MD, who will evaluate & treat. With a recurrent history, you need a work up. ...Read more

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Light Sensitivity (Definition)

Light sensitivity or photophobia means when the bright light or sun bothers your eye. This can be from very dry eye with cornea surface issue, corneal scratch or ulcer, and eye inflammation from iritis. This happens due to iris spasm. Iris is like an aperture of camera open and close based ...Read more


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I seem to have blepharitis & my eyes get very red, painful, and sensitive to light after wearing contacts. Any suggestions? Would daily contacts help?

I seem to have blepharitis & my eyes get very red, painful, and sensitive to light after wearing contacts. Any suggestions? Would daily contacts help?

Blepharitis & Contac: t lens wear do not go together! This is a recipe for disaster, as the bacteria involved with causing blepharitis will end up under your contact lens, and create a vicious cycle. Best to wear glasses, and get the blepharitis completely under control. Throw those contaminated lens away. See your eye doctor. Have your blepharitis/ dry eyes evaluated & treated properly.Cut down your computer time too. ...Read more

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Red itchy painful eyes. Watery. Sensitive to light woke up and could barely open eyes. Very painful. Pink eye?

Red itchy painful eyes. Watery. Sensitive to light woke up and could barely open eyes. Very painful. Pink eye?

Possible: Recommend to see doctor for proper eval and - eyedrops.We would need more nfo on your symptoms. ...Read more

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My eyes are becuming red and sensitive to light. Potential causes?

My eyes are becuming red and sensitive to light. Potential causes?

Many possible causes: You should see an ophthalmologist to manage this issue. There are many possible causes of redness and sensitivity to light. ...Read more

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My eyes are red and very sensitive to light can't see a doctor what can I use to help ?

My eyes are red and very sensitive to light can't see a doctor what can I use to help ?

Need to see Dr.: red and sensitive eyes could be due to serious eye conditions like corneal ulcer, iritis, uveitis, etc... these cannot be treated at home. ...Read more

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My eye is watery red burning and sensitive to light i had no injury to the eye i can't open it or it's intense burning. It's worse over 3 days?

My eye is watery red burning and sensitive to light i had no injury to the eye i can't open it or it's intense burning. It's worse over 3 days?

Infection v. iritis: These are symptoms which could be a type of pink eye (infection) or an internal inflammation of the eye termed iritis (also uveitis). This should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to prevent any damage to your vision. ...Read more

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All night my eye has been leaking tears and is now all red, sensitive to light and hurts. Do i need to see a doctor? This has never happened before I do not think it is pink eye it does not itch and there was no crusty stuff. It just hurts and is sensitiv

All night my eye has been leaking tears and is now all red, sensitive to light and hurts. Do i need to see a doctor? This has never happened before I do not think it is pink eye it does not itch and there was no crusty stuff. It just hurts and is sensitiv

This : This could be uveitis, a viral infection, a foreign body, or something worse. There is just no way of knowing without an in-person examination with an ophthalmologist.

Your eyes are your most precious sense -- treat them as such! ...Read more

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Red eye, hazy vision, sensitive to light. What is wrong with me?

Red eye, hazy vision, sensitive to light. What is wrong with me?

Inflamation!: Uveitis is inflamation of the uvea (choriod, ciliary body, and iris): when any or all parts of the uvea is inflamed it is called uveitis. This can cause blurred vision, pain, and sensitivity to light. It could be many other things. You need to see eye specialist. ...Read more

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My eyes are red and sensitive to light and gets really teary. How can I tell if it's a corneal abrasion or an eye infection and how do I fix it?

My eyes are red and sensitive to light and gets really teary. How can I tell if it's a corneal abrasion or an eye infection and how do I fix it?

See an opthamologist: See an eye doctor. A corneal abrasion usually causes reflex closing of the eye and it hurts so badly when the eye is open. Eye infections usually have swelling andor eye discharge. There are some other conditions too that may present like an infection but are not so see the eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to take for a burning red eye that is sensitive to light and a little bit of a runny nose?

What is the best thing to take for a burning red eye that is sensitive to light and a little bit of a runny nose?

Burning: Try some artificial tears, chilled, every two hours. If your eye still bothers you, then call your local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Constant tearing from the eye, painful eyeball, redness of the eye and light sensitivity. Suddenly these have occurred. What can it be?

Constant tearing from the eye, painful eyeball, redness  of the eye and light sensitivity. Suddenly these have occurred. What can it be?

Need exam: Your symptoms sound compatible with an inflammatory process such as uveitis (intraocular inflammation). An examination by an ophthalmogist is necessary to diagnose and treat your symptoms. It's also possible you have a blocked nasolacrimal duct with tearing and a red eye, but photophobia is not a symptom of this, and there is also painful swelling of the inner corner of the eyelid/nose region. ...Read more

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Head went from feeling pressure and blood rushing to a painful feeling behind my eye. I am also sensitive to light now i tried tylenol (acetaminophen) what happened?

Head went from feeling pressure and blood rushing to a painful feeling behind my eye. I am also sensitive to light now i tried tylenol (acetaminophen) what happened?

Headache: Headaches can come in different ways. Sometimes it can be in part of your head and if it is behind your one eye and the eye is tearing it is called "horner" syndrome. It could also be an atypical migraine if you have a history of migraines. If you start having vision issues or it keeps coming back go see your primary care doc for further help! ...Read more

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What is my left eye sensitive to light to the point of pain?

What is my left eye sensitive to light to the point of pain?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Had shingles over right eye 2 months ago have burning,watering in that eye,sensitive to light.

Had shingles over right eye 2 months ago have burning,watering  in that eye,sensitive to light.

This could: be the equivalent of a mild post herpetic neuralgia ( irritation of nerves after shingle infections which last for a while after the lesions resolve)

Just a thought!
BTW
If symptoms persist consult with an OPTHAMOLOGIST!


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Can crying make your eyes too sensitive to light?

Can crying make your eyes too sensitive to light?

Any irritation will: Crying causes irritation of the glands and surfaces of your eye, which can make them light sensitive. It may sound weird, but try using some artificial tears a few times a day. ...Read more

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Any reason why are my dark brown eyes so sensitive to light?

Any reason why are my dark brown eyes so sensitive to light?

Individual sensitive: While it is true that lighter colored eyes on average tend to be more light sensitive, many with brown eyes are also light sensitive and you fall in that category. As long as the eyes are not diseased and the vision is good, then you don't have to worry about this although you might carry sunglasses with you more often. ...Read more

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What can be done for a 2 year old who eyes are very sensitive to light?

What can be done for a  2 year old who eyes are very sensitive to light?

Ophthalmic exam: You may consult your doctor. It coud be many reason or not. ...Read more

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Why are my eyes so much more sensitive to light when i wear my contacts?

Contact lenses: Contact lenses are foreign, highly milled plastic polymers that correct refractive errors. A proper fit is very important. Many factors can interfere with a comfortable contact lens fit including: too tight a fit, too dry an eye, excessive protein deposits on contact lens, overwear, viral or bacterial infection, contact lens allergy just to name a few. All these can increase sensitivity. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my eyes are very sensitive to light and they tear almost everyday is there anything i can do?

Could use your help docs! my eyes are very sensitive to light and they tear almost everyday is there anything i can do?

Get an eye exam: Dry eye commonly causes a variety of symptoms such as grittiness, light sensitivity, eye fatigue, fluctuating vision, and even tearing. Tearing that occurs when the eyes are dry as a baseline is called reflex tearing. The eyes suddenly pour out tears in response to the dryness. These tears are not usually very lubricating. Other conditions such as eye inflammation and glaucoma can also cause this. ...Read more

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Why am i tired and nauseated as well as hot anand eyes sensitive to light's?

Why am i tired and nauseated as well as hot anand eyes sensitive to light's?

See your doc: Sounds like you're feverish. The cause could be a number of things, some of which are serious. I would recommend seeing your doctor asap. ...Read more

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I was wondering are blue eyed people more sensitive to light?

I was wondering are blue eyed people more sensitive to light?

Yes, often: Blue eyed people often have less pigment in the retina in the back of the eye. They are often more sensitive to light than people with darker eyes. Fun fact: blue eyes also dilate more quickly after dilating drops in the ophthalmologists office. ...Read more

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Why are my eyes so sensitive to light sometimes?

Tears: Many reasons but the most benign is surface drying which distorts the immage and increases glare sensitivity. ...Read more

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What could make your eyes become very sensitive to light?

What could make your eyes become very sensitive to light?

Dry eyes : Any reasons account for this. However the most serious are iritis. Others include dry eyes. As always i suggest you get an complete exam by an professional eye physician. ...Read more

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What could be causing my eyes to be so sensitive to light?

What could be causing my eyes to be so sensitive to light?

Dry eye treatment: Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

Sensitive To Light (Definition)

Light sensitivity means that you react to and are more effected by changes in ...Read more