Shar, photophobia is one of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. My sensitivity isn't as bad as yours, though. The monitor doesn't bother me at all but bright lights have me squinting, in pain, and tearing. I'm diabetic and have my eyes dilated several times a year...also have glaucoma. That is so painful for me. She shines a bright light in my eyes while using magnifying lenses, which makes it even brighter, and I can barely stand it. I find myself scrunching down in the chair and she hold my eyelids open. Tears are streaming down my face...not crying but from the sensitivity. So, you are not alone.
I'm very careful about macular degeneration. My Mom had it so I started taking Occuvite for my eyes. (I actually take Vision Formula that I get at Walmart. It's much cheaper but has the same stuff in it.) Occuvite is a vitamin especially for the eyes and it also has lutin in it and will help protect against macular degeneration. It doesn't promise to prevent it, but it really does help. My opthomologist is very pleased that I take that. So, even if you don't have macular degeneration, this is something good to start using to help protect your vision. Talk to your doctor about it. I'm sure they'll verify what I've said.
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