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Dr. Theodore Wu Dr. Wu
Ophthalmology
18 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Can a fluorescent light bulb cause eye problems?

Can a fluorescent light bulb cause eye problems?

Fluorescent: A fluorescent bulb emits ultraviolet rays, which can harm the eye. Make sure the light has a plastic cover to block some of this radiation, and do not spend a lot of time staring at the light.

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Dr. Steven Griggs Dr. Griggs
Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
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Extreme sensitivity to fluorescent light. Cause fuzzy feeling in head. High anxiety. Occasional wave sensation in head. Help!!

Extreme sensitivity to fluorescent light. Cause fuzzy feeling in head. High anxiety. Occasional wave sensation in head. Help!!

This could be: Sub-migraine headaches, so start with a general physical and ask for a referral, if needed, to a neurologist. This could also be atypical light sensitivity of just the eyes and eye/brain interactions. For this, see an ophthalmologist. This should lower your anxiety, but if not, the anxiety could also cause hypersensitivity to external stimuli. Now, we have a different problem...anxiety.

Dr. Solomon Gelbart Dr. Gelbart
Ophthalmology
years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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Hi. Fluorescent lights really bother my eyes. Is there something I can take for this or a specific sunglasses for this condition? Thank you

Hi. Fluorescent lights really bother my eyes. Is there something I can take for this or a specific sunglasses for this condition? Thank you

Table lamp: The best way to avoid this sensation is to change to incandescent or LED light bulbs. If you can't change the fixtures above then try putting an incandescent table lamp in your work station. That will bleach out the rapid cycling of the fluorescent fixtures in your work area.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can staring at a fluorescent lightbulb for a few minutes damage your eyes? I'd cover one eye and stare for 5 seconds then I would switch eyes. 2' away

Can staring at a fluorescent lightbulb for a few minutes damage your eyes? I'd cover one eye and stare for 5 seconds then I would switch eyes. 2' away

Not a problem: The overall intensity of a fluorescent bulb is too low to cause any damage to the back of the eye. Hopefully you will find more productive use of your time.

Dr. Bruce Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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After getting a sinus infection, my vision gets blurry in one eye (mostly peripheral) after being in sunlight or fluorescent lighting for a long time?

After getting a sinus infection, my vision gets blurry in one eye (mostly peripheral) after being in sunlight or fluorescent lighting for a long time?

Ans: Well first you must clear the sinus infection. Make sure you steam and have the steam clean the sinus Cohen of the problem continues with the eye you better see the opthomoligist

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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3 weeks boy. White-blond hair. Pupils seem to be black, but has greyish ring in iris. Fluorescent light reflects off eyes. Has brown freckle. Albinism?

3 weeks boy. White-blond hair. Pupils seem to be black, but has greyish ring in iris. Fluorescent light reflects off eyes. Has brown freckle. Albinism?

Oculocutaneous: Albinism is a group of 4 conditions, each caused by a specific gene mutation inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. When both parents carry the gene mutation, each of their children has a 25% chance of having oca. See his pediatrician ; a pediatric ophthalmologist for diagnosis ; referral to a geneticist if he has it. Lack of melanin in the retina causes vision problems, so you need to know.

Dr. Kristin Nesburn Dr. Nesburn
Addiction Medicine
22 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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I lose control of my legs and fall. Fatigue, fluorescent lights, seem to trigger this. I have tbi, chronic sinusitis, headaches, sometimes drooping eye. Ok to ignore because it's just a headache?

I lose control of my legs and fall. Fatigue, fluorescent lights, seem to trigger this. I have tbi, chronic sinusitis, headaches, sometimes drooping eye. Ok to ignore because it's just a headache?

Wouldn't ignore: Your symptoms don't sound like a smile headache. I would see your primary physician about your episodes. Headache shod be the conclusion after other more serious causes of weakness and visual changes have been ruled out.

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Dr. John Rhoades Dr. Rhoades
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
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During my last 2 pregnancies every time I am around fluorescent lights I get a fuzzy feeling in my head, tingling in scalp, and pressure in face.

During my last 2 pregnancies every time I am around fluorescent lights I get a fuzzy feeling in my head, tingling in scalp, and pressure in face.

Anything is possible: After years as a family practice physician, I still am amassed at the variability of a human body. You description of symptoms are just another example. This is not harmful to you but is just one of the things that make you a unique person.

Dr. Robert Bader Dr. Bader
Dermatology
23 years in practice
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman Dr. Gliksman
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Exposed to CO for about 1 yr. Some symptoms cleared, but I have problems w/ balance & sensitivity to fluorescent & WiFi, speech. Will clear w/ time?

Exposed to CO for about 1 yr. Some symptoms cleared, but I have problems w/ balance & sensitivity to fluorescent & WiFi, speech. Will clear w/ time?

CO exposure: It may hard to say as the timing of brain healing is not totally understood. May consider Provigil, checkf or B 12, Tsh, free T4 discuss lutein and xeathin supplement and also consider neurospychologic testing to examine the deficits. Follow up with neurologist it is important

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Is wearing SPF 30+ enough protection? Do I really need a hat everyday or is that only recommended? Will fluorescent lights also cause flare-ups?

Is wearing SPF 30+ enough protection? Do I really need a hat everyday or is that only recommended? Will fluorescent lights also cause flare-ups?

What condition?: If you mean Polymorphic Light Eruption, then you will need to avoid exposure to lights which trigger your problem. SPF 30 is sufficient for partial sun protection but should be applied about 45 mins prior to exposure and every 2 hrs thereafter when exposed to the sun. Wearing a hat with wide brim is always a good idea. I still don't know whether you have lupus or something else.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Have had chest infections problems since October had flu jab non smoker but have asthma GERD arthritis ckd now hVe what seems like fluorescent urine?

Have had chest infections problems since October had flu jab non smoker but have asthma GERD arthritis ckd now hVe what seems like fluorescent urine?

Need good physician: With your multiple medical problems, each of which should be manageable, and your multiple medications, you need a single competent primary care physician to supervise you and offer the reassurance and guidance about a hanging-on chest cold (?) that we can't. "Fluorescent urine" is almost always medication or food coloring -- taking vitamin B2?

Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr Dr. Strickland Jr
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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I hate the fluorescent lights at my work. What should I do?

Replace: Ask your employer to replace them or find another place to work. Replacing them would represent a significant expense to the employer and the lighting from other sources would probably not be sufficient for the work place; so I would not be optimistic that you can talk the employer into doing this. This leaves you with accepting them or finding a new place to work.

Dr. Ira Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
38 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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When I poo and I wipe my bum it's fluorescent green but my poo is normal?

When I poo and I wipe my bum it's fluorescent green but my poo is normal?

The thin particles: Of poo on your toilet paper may be refracting the light and giving the appearance of fluorescent green. In addition some of the byproducts of digestion (biliverdin and bilirubin) that are in your poo could also appear to be green. This is unlikely to be anything pathological. Does your urine glow in the dark? That would be worrisome.

Dr. Richard Ojima Dr. Ojima
General Practice
15 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Dr. Ravi Chauhan Dr. Chauhan
Urology
18 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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When I take viagra, all the light looks a bit fluorescent and blue. Should I switch to Cialis or levitra (vardenafil) or will they have the same effect?

When I take viagra, all the light looks a bit fluorescent and blue. Should I switch to Cialis or levitra (vardenafil) or will they have the same effect?

No need to switch: Viagra inhibits an enzyme in the eye which affects perception of blue. This is a temporary side effect with no permanent damage. Cialis and Levitra (vardenafil) don't tend to cause this.

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Dr. John Norvell Dr. Norvell
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Allergic to fluorescent lights, is that possible?

Allergic to fluorescent lights, is that possible?

No: Allergies occur when the body is exposed, usually, to proteins and they have to be of a certain molecular weight to trigger the production of allergic antibodies. Radiation such as sunshine or fluorescent lights cannot trigger an allergic reaction.

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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Interested to know how does a fluorescent light treat jaundice?

Interested to know how does a fluorescent light treat jaundice?

Isomeric change: Neonatal jaundice is often caused by an accumulation of fat soluble indirect bilirubin. This indirect bilirubin undergoes isomeric change upon being exposed to fluorescent light of specific wave length and become water soluble. This process allows indirect bilirubin be excreted without undergoing conjugation process in liver.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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