This is a guest post written by John Martinez with Axon Optics.
We’re all a little sensitive to bright lights, but some people can be more sensitive to sensory stimuli than others.
Light sensitivity (also known as photophobia) is a symptom of an assortment of medical conditions, including migraine, fibromyalgia, and even ADHD. For some people with light sensitivity, fluorescent lighting can trigger a migraine. For others, switching from dark to light can be very uncomfortable and even painful.
If this sounds like you, we’ve got a few tips on how to manage your photophobia. Everyone experiences light sensitivity in different ways, so experiment with these different solutions until you find what works for you.
Give Your Eyes a Break
Unfortunately, working on a computer or staring at your phone will not help to cure photophobia. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Putting your eyes through so much strain will only increase sensitivity to light.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes that you are staring at a computer, phone, or television, stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Phew. That’s better.
Have a Kale Smoothie
You probably already know that carrots are great for your eyesight. But did you know that dark, leafy greens can also reduce photophobia? Kale, spinach, and any other foods that contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin should be on next week’s grocery list.
Start Rocking Baseball Caps
Before you head outside, grab a hat that will provide some shade. Even the smallest relief from the sun’s rays can help to prevent the symptoms of photophobia. Plus, we think you look pretty good in a baseball hat. Just saying.
Skip the Sunglasses Indoors
Sunglasses indoors sounds like a smart way to avoid the glare of bright lighting, but it can actually be bad for your photophobia. Our eyes get used to a certain type of light pretty quickly. The more you wear sunglasses, the harder it will be for your eyes to handle bright lighting. At some point you’re going to have to take the sunglasses off, so don’t make things any harder for yourself.
Manage Migraine Stressors
People with migraines may experience heightened photophobia just before, during, or just after an attack. Learn what else triggers your migraines and manage these stressors appropriately to avoid worsened symptoms.
The same idea goes for any condition that causes photophobia. Talk to a doctor about handling the root cause of your photophobia.
Wear Migraine Glasses
Sunglasses indoors feel nice because they filter out the harmful wavelengths that trigger photophobia. They also filter out all forms of light. What if you could just filter out the harmful rays without making your eyes less tolerant to light?
Oh, you can.
Scientists have developed migraine glasses that only filter out the blue and green wavelengths that trigger migraines. The glasses (also known as FL-41 glasses) have a nice rose tint so they’re a stylish solution to all types of photophobia.
So what are you waiting for? Try out these tips and see what works best for you.
This is a guest post shared by John Martinez with Axon Optics, with whom we have no business partnership or affiliation. We hope you find the tips helpful and will leave a comment if you have experience with these glasses, other tips or any questions!
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