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Photophobia is eye discomfort in bright light. The discomfort of light sensitivity can be reduced by avoiding sunlight, closing the eyes, wearing dark glasses, or darkening the room. However, the cause for the light sensitivity should be determined, since proper treatment may cure the problem. Seek urgent medical attention if pain is moderate to ...Read more


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Is there something organically wrong with your eyes if you have constant photophobia. My eyes go from uncomfortable to painful all the time?

Is there something organically wrong with your eyes if you have constant photophobia.   My eyes go from uncomfortable to painful all the time?

Perhaps: Photosensitivity is common and mostly is benign. But there are some eye conditions which can cause this including inflammation inside the eye (uveitis) and a host of retinal inflammations. Corneal surface pathology can also do this but will usually make the eyes red as well. See your ophthalmologist if this is a chronic problem. ...Read more

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Left sided headache exascerbated by bright light and dust?

Left sided headache exascerbated by bright light and dust?

See your doctor.: In addition to the possibility of allergies, it could also be migraines. It looks like you have a history of them...talk to your doctor about possible triggers. ...Read more

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Can seizures be triggered by flashing lights?

Can seizures be triggered by flashing lights?

Yes: The routein EEG usually includes a flashing light segment to see if this brings out abnormal brain wave activity that could be related to seizures. Eeg studies without this segment are considered incomplete. ...Read more

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What are the means by which bright coloured lights cause seizure?

What are the means by which bright coloured lights cause seizure?

Reflex seizures: Reflex epilepsy is the kind is epilepsy that can be induced repetitively by being exposed to the same stimuli. This could be visual, tactile or auditory. Certain wavelengths and intensity of light are enough to activate a very specific abnormal area of the brain prone to propagate the electrical activity of the brain resulting in a seizure. This is of particular relevance in certain video games. ...Read more

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Could light head pain be caused by my anxiety, hay fever or both?

Could light head pain be caused by my anxiety, hay fever or both?

Definetely, yes: While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating with symptoms like headache, numbness, etc. Headaches with hay fever are very common and may be due to sinus inflammation. Be well ...Read more

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What are the causes of sudden light sensitivity, preceded & accompanied by itchy / watery eyes?

What are the causes of sudden light sensitivity, preceded & accompanied by itchy / watery eyes?

Scratch or iritis: A sudden corneal scratch can cause this. If your eyes get very dry or you rub them, you might get a small scratch which hurts, makes your eyes water and become sensitive to sunlight. Alternative, you may have an iritis (swelling inside the eye). If it stays for a several hours, get checked. ...Read more

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What causes eye pain and seeing halos around lights?

What causes eye pain and seeing halos around lights?

Possibly glaucoma: Blurry vision, red eye, eye pain and haloes around lights could be a sign of corneal edema secondary to acute elevation of intraocular pressure. ...Read more

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Can eye fatigue be caused by head pain?

Can eye fatigue be caused by head pain?

Eye fatigue can caus: It is the other way around.Eye fatigue can cause headaches. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for headache and pain caused by bright lights?

What is the best treatment for headache and pain caused by bright lights?

Migraine: Sensivity to light is not unusual in migraine, and the problem can be stopped with triptans started at onset of the headache. Prevention may be achieved by prescription or otc items. ...Read more

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I have stiff joints in all my ten fingers. It is painful when i bend the fingers. What is the cause and treatment ? Have done blood test.Ra is 10

I have stiff joints in all my ten fingers. It is painful when i bend the fingers. What is the cause and treatment ? Have done blood test.Ra is 10

Many possibilities: Many possibilities. Etiology must be identified before treatment is initiated. It must be determined whether inflammation is present and what other problems are active. ...Read more

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Could chills, palpitations, migraine aura such as shimmering lines in vision, fatigue be caused by a glutamate sensitivity?

Could chills, palpitations, migraine aura such as shimmering lines in vision, fatigue be caused by a glutamate sensitivity?

Definitely a trigger: A variety of external and internal factors can trigger a migraine attack in certain individuals who may have a genetic or neurochemical predisposition to migraine. Here are the common suspects: cheese, alcohol (particularly red wine), chocolate, foods containing monosodium glutamate (msg), nitrates, or tyramine, and a sugar substitute. ...Read more

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Does seeing random sparkles of light (purple and green) lead to seeing 'flashing lights?'

Does seeing random sparkles of light (purple and green) lead to seeing 'flashing lights?'

Flashes: You must see an ophthalmologist to make sure you have no retinal problem. ...Read more

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Does nortriptyline suppress pain and alarm caused by benign stimuli caught up in central sensitization?

Does nortriptyline suppress pain and alarm caused by benign stimuli caught up in central sensitization?

Basically, yes: these act by a few mechanisms. Mainly it is thought they increase stress hormone levels in the spine and this lowers how well pain symptmos get through the spine to the brain.--damping down central pain. They also have some lidocaine like effects this works extra well when it is increased susceptibility to pain due to nerve hyperativity. ...Read more

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Will I ever get rid of photophobia due to fever that I had last week?

Will I ever get rid of photophobia due to fever that I had last week?

Probably: As long as you have been treated correctly for the disease that caused photophobia the yes you should get rid of it. ...Read more

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I keep seeing jagged flashes of lightning bolts that shimmer around an object followed by an intense headache. Are these hallucinations?

I keep seeing jagged flashes of lightning bolts that shimmer around an object followed by an intense headache. Are these hallucinations?

No: These are not hallucinations and you need to be seen by a doctor. Seeing lightning bolts can mean there is eye problem like a torn retina or neurologic problem like a migraine. If you are pregnant, visual changes associated with a headache can indicate a serious complication called pre eclampsia. If you have these symptoms it is very important you see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause difficulty seeing in bright light environments?

What can cause difficulty seeing in bright light environments?

Retina stimulation: Bright light or looking at the sun on a bright day can cause temporary bleaching of the retinal pigments which will blur everything for a few moments. Longer lasting bluring should be seen by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more