Do migraines cause sensitivity to light?

Migraine FAQs: Do migraines cause sensitivity to light?

The majority of migraine sufferers experience the migraine symptom migraine light sensitivity, or photophobia, during a migraine attack.

Sensitivity to light can come in different forms. In some, bright lights trigger migraines.

Others report seeing flashes, flickering lights or glare. Many people have an increase in pain around bright lights

Research is ongoing to determine why light plays such a large role in migraine pain. Some research suggests that migraine is related to the brain's inability to control the sensation of glare and light-related pain. This may lead to a cycle of light triggering migraines and then migraines triggering more light sensitivity

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