Photophobia

It is a symptom of abnormal intolerance to light. It is an experience of discomfort or pain to the eyes due to light exposure or by presence of actual physical sensitivity of the eyes

Photophobia is a fairly common symptom. For many people, photophobia is not due to any disease. Severe photophobia may occur with eye problems and can cause severe eye pain even in relatively low light.

Causes

  • Acute iritis or uveitis
  • Burns to the eye
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Drugs such as amphetamines, atropine. cocaine, cyclopentolate, idoxuridine, phenylephrine, scopolamine, trifluridine, tropicamide, and vidarabine
  • Excessive wearing of contact lenses, or wearing badly fitted contact lenses
  • Eye disease, injury, or infection
  • Eye testing when the eyes have been dilated
  • Meningitis
  • Migraine headache

Treatment

Conservative-

  • Avoiding sunlight
  • Closing the  eyes
  • Wearing dark glasses
  • Darkening the room

Definitive- depends on cause.