Do you grab for your sunglasses if the slightest ray of sunshine hits your eyes? Do you find the bright lights in supermarkets and other public venues too bright for you? If so, you are likely light sensitive.
Sensitivity to light is common in the following conditions:
- Macular degeneration
- Second occurrence of cataracts
- Corneal abrasion (e.g. through Lasik)
- Viral infection
- Taking certain medications
- Most visual disorders, especially myopia and astigmatism
- Visual processing problems.
Of course, your first tendency is to grab for those sunglasses. But is this the best idea? Not necessarily. Involuntary muscles in the eye, called cilliary muscles, work to open and close the iris to let the proper amount of light into the eye. Overuse of sunglasses lenses can weaken the iris’s ability to respond to the environment and increase light sensitivity. This is likely to happen even more so if