Coping strategies for photophobia (light sensitivity)

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   Posted 7/15/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have had migraines for 15 years and in the past 4 months have developed photophobia (light sensitivity). I went to the eye doctor to confirm there are no real reason for this except chronic migraines.

Anyway, to cope I wear Cocoon sunglasses and tinted eyeglasses. However, in the past few weeks my eyes have gotten worse. I have read about rose colored glasses, prosthetic contact lenses, etc. Anyone have any views about this?

Also, do you have any general suggestions? I have curtains on every window and use low wattage bulbs. But, I am really needing help. Please help. Thank you! Katherine

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   Posted 7/21/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Best thing you can do is treat the Migraine.

It should pass.

Wear sunglasses when needed, but try not to if you dont have to as sungalsses can make photophobia worse. (like if you wore them inside)

I too have wondered about the rose tint

Let me know if you find them, I cant find them anywhere.

Mrs Stars
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   Posted 7/30/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh keep us updated on anything related to photophobia. Mine are sooo terrible that I stay in my darkened bedroom for days.

As for "it shld pass" bs, nope... had it since 2004 and its only gotten worse.

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   Posted 7/31/2011 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
The brain is "overly excited" during migraine and when this happens we migraineurs often get photophobic. If we successfully treat the migraine with a preventative (e.g. amytriptaline or topamax) or an abortive (e.g. triptans) and time, we can calm our neurological system down enough to stop our photophobia.

For some of us (like me), our photophobia seems to be more of a cause of migraines and less of a symptom. My case sounds a little different form yours (I'm sensitive to fluorescent lights specifically), but I'll share what I've found to be helpful.

1. Individually tinted lenses (Intuitive colorimeter or Irlen lenses; I think the first is more accurate if you have a good practitioner).

2. Rose colored glasses (fl-41 tint specifically)

3. bilberry supplements.

4. Get a complete eye exam (I've found neuro-optometrists to be the most thorough, catching things that a standard optometrist misses).
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