Photophobia is a major pain in the eyeballs for me with chronic migraines. I own 7 hats and 6 pairs of sunglasses. I have my indoor specs tinted pink for photosensitivity. I have blackout blinds in the house and live in a cave. I have Flux on my computer to change it from aggressive blue light to rose lighting. Then I dim the screen.
So here is the thing. I heard a little something about photophobia and it had me changing my behavior. Mine is bad. Very bad. Migraine or not, I cannot leave the house without sunglasses. It is just too painful. So I heard this lady had a doc recommend she not avoid light and slowly train herself to more light exposure to help with her photophobia. It will not go away, but avoidance makes it more severe.
Well hell, I thought. So off to Google and this comes up:
What can I do to make my light sensitivity go away?First, adequate treatment of the cause is important—that means if you have dry eyes you should treat that symptom aggressively. Second, be sure that you do not keep yourself in the dark—e.g. NO darkened rooms, no darkened windows, slowly increase the amount of light in your environment so that you are more tolerant of the light. Get adequate sleep and treat any depression or anxiety which can make your symptoms worse.
Not found anywhere I might add but on the American Migraine Foundation site.
Build a tolerance, eh? Or really desensitizing it, since it is extremely over sensitive. So during the day, I have been cracking blinds open. And for a few minutes each day, a few times a day, I sit outside Without my sunglasses on. Some days this is pretty brutal… like when the sun is full on daytime and out, yeah, that is eyeball hell. On a nice cloudy day, that is not so bad anymore. It is getting better anyway. I don’t need them at twilight anymore. I can handle a brighter computer screen, for a short duration. Still, need the Flux since it is a blue light that is a problem with migraines.
Anyway, it is an interesting experiment for that down time. Not with a migraine. But any down time from a migraine you might have… increase your light exposure on a daily basis. Especially if yours is constant like mine.