Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dry Eye Syndrome- Light Sensitivity and Corneal Abrasion

Have you been diagnosed with chronic dry eye syndrome and your eyes are very sensitive to light?

Bright light makes your eyes water, while sunglasses help them feel better. You maybe experiencing a “ photophobia”-  light sensitivity or intolerance to light.

Dry eyes can cause your eyes to feel sore. Even though they are dry, the feeling of being watery (especially when exposed to bright light) may occur due to poorly spreading tears ( tear break up time), or insufficient tear volume (Shirmer’s test)

TheraLife Eye can help you relief dry eye syndrome.  One of the first sign of improvement is light sensitivity.

There are different degrees of photophobia. Some people are sensitive only to sunlight, and others to any type of brightness, including fluorescent or incandescent light. When experiencing this sensitivity, you may notice squinting or the need to close your eyes.

For people with dry eyes, there is the possibility of light sensitivity being triggered by corneal abrasion or medication. This may also causes eye pain, soreness and severe photophobia, even in very low-lighting conditions. There are several things your health-care professional may need to know to help determine the cause of your light sensitivity:

To better understand, it would be very helpful to know the following:
  • When did the soreness begin?
  • Is the pain or sore feeling in or around your eyes?
  • Does it feel as if there is something in your eyes?
  • Do you have other symptoms (fever, joint aches)?
  • Do your eyes burn?
  • Is the pain worse when you move your eyes?
It is important to know that your symptoms can run the gamut from minor to major concerns. For example, tired or sore eyes after a long period of working at your computer (computer vision syndrome) is minor and is not the type of pain needing urgent medical attention. However, it would be best to immediately call your eye specialist if your pain is severe, constant and includes any changes in your vision; if you need to wear sunglasses indoors; or if the photophobia is accompanied by fever, headaches, blurry vision or red eyes, as there may be a concern for meningitis.

People with lighter-colored eyes tend to be more sensitive to bright light, as are those taking certain medications (doxycycline, tetracycline, fursemide). Speak to your pharmacist or physician about medications that may cause photophobia.

When it comes to photophobia accompanied by eye soreness or pain, there are common eye concerns to consider. These include but aren’t limited to:
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the inner portion of the eye)
  • Iritis
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, clear membrane over the white part of the eye; the conjunctiva also lines the eyelids)
  • Contact-lens irritation or complication
  • Sunburn , eyes can experience sun damage
  • Refractive surgery- LASIK
  • Migrane headaches
  • Retinal detachment- which sees a flash of bright light.
  • Sjogrnes’s Syndrome (inflammatory autoimmune disorder)
  • Burns to the eye (welder’s flash)
  • A stype or chalzion (these can create eye pain and sensitivity as they grow)
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Foreign body in the eye or irritation.
Iit is important to visit your family physician or eye-care specialist. It’s better to catch a problem early and to be reassured than to be shortsighted and let it fester.

How Can TheraLife Eye Help?

Relief your dry eyes, and the light sensitivity will be gone. 
The unique TheraLife Eye formula restores normal cell function to tear secretion glands to achieve balanced, sustainable tears all day long.  Doctors recommended.  80% success for first time users.

To learn more how TheraLife Eye works:  click here.

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