Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Increased Sensitivity to Bright Light Overview

Another name for Increased Sensitivity to Bright Light is Photophobia.

What is photophobia?
In a person with photophobia, the eyes have become overly sensitive to bright light. Common causes of photophobia include UV keratitis or an eye infection, such as keratoconjunctivitis. Additional causes of photophobia include eye strain, migraine headache, and meningitis.

What are the symptoms of photophobia?
Symptoms that may be associated with photophobia include blurry vision, headache, neck pain, eye pain, eye redness, and fever.

How does the doctor treat photophobia?
The treatment for photophobia depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for meningitis may include antibiotics. Eye infections, such as keratoconjunctivitis, may require treatment with antibiotic eyedrops.

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