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Are there any solutions to extreme light sensitivity?

I was diagnosed with migraines in June 2017. I have been extremely sensitive to all kinds of indoor lights, TV/computer screens/smartphones, and so on. I live in complete darkness in my house after the sunset. Are there any particular medicines that can reduce light sensitivity? Has anyone experienced this extreme light sensitivity and how long would it take to get back to a normal life after taking medicine? Are there any specially designed lenses/sunglasses that I could wear inside buildings? The regular sunglasses do not help much right now. I would appreciate any tips or advice.

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  • SolangeSantana
    2 years ago

    If you have IQ high intelligence quotient you may have Irlen Syndrome + Aperger or only Irlen Syndrome. You should do a test to know what color your “brain does not read” and then correct it with glasses. People with these syndrome are sensitive to some type of clothing or loud noise. And they may experience reading problems such as not being able to read an entire book because it is very tiring.

  • SolangeSantana
    2 years ago

    Sorry, Asperger.

  • k_nelson
    2 years ago

    I continually deal with light sensitivity. Often times I am so sensitive to it that it causes me to black out because the light is so strong. I also have constant visual designs that I have to deal with. For me, I haven’t tried any meds yet. I am already on more meds than I would like to be, and don’t want to mess with side effects.

    I feel your pain. I hope you find a solution.

  • sarahkim author
    2 years ago

    Thank you very much for all of your tips. I have a couple of more questions. Can those sunglasses block the waves of the high-ceiling overhead lights at the airport and the big malls/stores? I have heard of Axon Optics glasses/sunglasses. Do they produce the same kind of protection as TheraSpecs? Thank you so much again for your help in advance. -Sarah

  • Amanda Workman moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi SharaKim

    I have and continue to use a variety of options for my sensitivity to lights. I have a pair of TheraSpecs as well like others mentioned. I like to use them while driving in the dark because the head lights and such can cause me issues.
    I have also used “Cutting” glasses which are glasses used in work for like people that weld. These are great as long as you are NOT driving a vehicle because they eliminate the red lights (amber alert signs are blank, red on stop light and red on brake lights are also blank).
    There are also a brand of fishing sunglasses called Wiley X that have removable foam inserts for around the lens that keep dust and light from coming in the sides of the frames.
    All the windows in my house are blocked out so that sunlight doesn’t get into the house unless I want it too.

    I hope some of this helps you!
    Amanda Workman (moderator & contributor)

  • Lisa Robin Benson moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi SarahKim,

    I see Joanna already shared my video and I just wanted to reiterate how helpful the TheraSpecs glasses are for me. I could not live without them. I hope you find some relief.


  • MelanieM moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi sarahkim- I just wanted to share my own experience- Like Lisa (in the video), I also have been using indoor (and outdoor) TheraSpecs glasses since late March. I usually experience light sensitivity, but the TheraSpecs glasses have completely eliminated it. It was immediate when I started using the glasses. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t experienced it myself- I highly suggest the glasses for those who struggle with photophobia. ~Melanie ( team member)

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi sarahkim,
    I am so sorry to hear that you struggle with such extreme light sensitivity. As you wait for possible feedback from the community, I thought I’d share a video that one of our contributor’s made where she discusses tools for dealing with light sensitivity. –

    Hope some of her tips help you out!
    Joanna ( Team)

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