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Light sensitivity, especially to overhead or fluorescent lighting, can lead to headaches and dizziness, making it difficult for you to function. With many people returning to office work, it is important to learn ways to cope with these symptoms.

Tips For Dealing With Light Sensitivity

Avoiding computer screens, overhead lighting, and fluorescent lights can be difficult. They are in your home, in stores, and most workplaces. People who experience headaches and dizziness from lighting can try to alleviate their symptoms in several ways. 

Choose Lighting That Is Easier on Your Eyes

Fluorescent lights are the biggest culprit when it comes to aggravating people’s eyes and causing eye strain and fatigue. LED lights are also problematic, as they can trigger migraines.

Incandescent bulbs, track lighting, or desk lamps are all options you can choose that can help reduce eye strain. If possible, go with natural lighting in both your home and office.

Treat Your Allergies

People with allergies have difficulty with itchy, watery eyes, and bad lighting can make it worse. Be sure you are taking any medications you need to fight allergies, and try to stay inside as much as possible on days with high pollen counts.

Adjust Your Computer and Other Device Settings

Adjust the settings on your electronic devices, so the hues and brightness are at levels that are comfortable for your eyes. Eye strain from bright devices can exacerbate the problems you already have from the room lighting.

Avoid Wearing Sunglasses Indoors

It might feel good to wear sunglasses when you are inside, but the relief you feel will be brief. Wearing regular sunglasses inside can make your eyes adapt to the darkness and worsen light sensitivity problems in the long run.

Glasses for Light Sensitivity

If the above tips don’t help, consider getting specialized lenses to help with your light sensitivity. At NeuroVisual Specialists of Florida, we offer two options that can help fight the eye fatigue, headaches, and dizziness you experience in light-intensive settings.

Prism Lenses

People whose eyes are slightly misaligned may have a condition called Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD). BVD causes the brain to force the eyes to try to work together, leading to muscle strain, headaches, dizziness, and a host of other symptoms. Harsh overhead lighting can make these symptoms worse.

To treat BVD, we build prism lenses into your glasses. The prisms bend light so that both eyes get a clear picture to send to the brain. This reduces the strain on your eye muscles and alleviates the headaches and other symptoms of BVD.

Medical Grade Tinting 

We can also add medical-grade tinting to your prescription lenses if you are dealing with lighting sensitivities. This tinting reduces the harsh effect of overhead and fluorescent lighting, thus helping to reduce your headaches and dizziness. 

Learn More

If you want to learn more about light sensitivity, binocular vision dysfunction, or special lenses to help you cope with eye problems, contact us online today. At NeuroVisual Specialists of Florida, we pride ourselves on helping patients deal with the effects of eye misalignment and severe light sensitivity through full-service vision care.

Dr. Erin Sonneberg, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from New England School of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004. She completed her undergraduate studies at City University of New York, Queens College in 2000, where she graduated with honors in business. Dr. Sonneberg relocated to Boynton Beach, Florida, in 2006, and has been practicing alongside prestigious ophthalmologists in the area since that time.