Light Sensitivity

Eyedrop Optique

Robert Ancona, OD

Optometrist located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

At Eyedrop Optique in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York, Robert Ancona, OD, understands that light sensitivity can be a significant and sometimes debilitating condition. With many years of experience in the optometry field, Dr. Ancona and the team are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and effective treatments for those affected by light sensitivity. Call the office today or request an appointment online.

Light sensitivity Q & A

What causes light sensitivity?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, can be caused by various factors. Understanding these causes is essential to determining the most effective treatment.

Eye conditions

Common eye conditions like dry eye, conjunctivitis, and corneal abrasions can lead to light sensitivity. Inflammation or infections of the eye can make it more susceptible to light, causing discomfort.

Medical conditions

Certain medical conditions, such as migraines, meningitis, and lupus, can also cause light sensitivity. These conditions often have systemic effects that can impact the eyes.


Some medications list light sensitivity as a side effect. If you notice increased sensitivity after starting a new medication, it’s important to discuss this with your doctor.

What are the symptoms of light sensitivity?

Recognizing the symptoms of light sensitivity is crucial for seeking timely and appropriate treatment.

Discomfort in bright light

Individuals with light sensitivity often experience discomfort or pain when exposed to bright light. This can occur indoors with artificial lighting or outdoors in sunlight.

Squinting and eye strain

To cope with bright light, people may squint frequently or experience eye strain. This can lead to headaches and reduced visual clarity.

Tearing and redness

Excessive tearing and redness of the eyes are common symptoms. The eyes may also appear irritated or inflamed.

How is light sensitivity treated?

Effective treatment of light sensitivity begins with a thorough examination and accurate diagnosis.

Comprehensive eye exam

Dr. Ancona conducts a comprehensive eye exam to identify any underlying eye conditions contributing to light sensitivity. This exam helps tailor the treatment to your specific needs.

Prescription glasses and lenses

Specially tinted glasses or contact lenses can reduce the impact of bright light, making daily activities more comfortable. Dr. Ancona offers a range of options to suit different preferences and lifestyles.

Eye drops and medications

For some patients, medicated eye drops or other medications may be prescribed to address the underlying cause of light sensitivity. These treatments can help reduce inflammation and provide relief.

Lifestyle modifications

Simple lifestyle changes can also make a big difference. Wearing wide-brimmed hats, using UV-protective sunglasses, and adjusting indoor lighting can help manage light sensitivity effectively.

Follow-up care

Regular follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Dr. Ancona and the team are committed to ensuring you receive the best possible care and achieve lasting relief from light sensitivity.

At Eyedrop Optique, Dr. Ancona and the team are dedicated to helping you manage and overcome light sensitivity. If you or a loved one is experiencing discomfort due to light sensitivity, please contact the office by phone or online to schedule an appointment.