Eye allergies.

Blue Eye - A picture of a blue eye.
@Kythe42 (1412)
United States
April 20, 2007 12:25pm CST
Well I've always have a problem with photo-sensitivity. The sunlight hurts my eyes, I get sunburned really easily and bright sunlight even makes me sneeze sometimes. I only used to be sensitive to sunlight but over the past couple of weeks indoor florescent lights have been really hurting my eyes. I even wore my sunglasses during my last trig class and even so my eyes were still hurting me. So I went to my eye doctor today. After examining me he told me that my eyes were really dry and that my corneas were swollen and that this was what was most likely causing the increased photo-sensitivity. He said they probably got swollen from a combination of eye allergies and me rubbing my eyes. So now I have to take two different eye drops. One is just lubricating drops for the dryness. The other is prescription and is anti-inflammatory drops. The prescription ones burn, hopefully I won't have to be on them for too long. My eye doctor wants to see me again next week to see if things get any better.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I can relate, I'm insanely sensitive to light because I have blue eyes. Light sensitivity is common trait for blue eyes which are in reality a genetic defect. I wear transition lenses because they auto darken in bright light, including florescent. You can get tinted contacts that have the same effect, but that's probably not recommended since your eyes are so sensitive anyways.
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Yep I've heard that about blue eyes. Mine are brown, so I doubt I can blame genetics for it. My skin is very pale though so that explains why I get sunburned so easily. I was thinking of getting transition lenses but then my mom told me that UV rays are what cause the tint in the lenses to change. So they wouldn't work in the car because most car windshields have UV protection, and they wouldn't work inside because there aren't any UV rays inside. I used to wear contacts but I haven't in a long time. They were just too uncomfortable, especially during allergy season when my eyes are always so itchy. They also made my eyes feel really tired all the time.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
21 Apr 07
If you get a nicer pair of glasses (hint don't go to a discount place, or one hour lense place) they have frames that come with sunglass that fit the frame exactly to just cover the lenses and are held on by magnets. When you have them on it looks as if you are wearing sunglasses and works in the car and they are of course great for when you are just outside.
@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Well I've already got clip-on sunglasses for my glasses, and they aren't dark enough. I think I need industrial strength sun goggles or something.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Oh I feel for you with this. I too am photo-sensitive or light blind as I call it. I have to wear sunglasses outside and even inside lights can hurt them if they are too bright. Flourscents have a tendency to be that way. I can well imagine how miserable this was for you. I hope the medication works and you won't have to take it for long. Did you check with the doctor though on the burning? Make sure that's normal because if not it could be too hard on your eyes or it could be something that bothers them more, not something you want. If not your doctor then the pharmacist; either one can tell you if that's normal.
@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Well he said the burning was from them being too dry and stuff. The prescription eye drops do burn when I first put them it, but then after awhile it does seem to help. I've also been putting in the lubricating drops after the prescription ones, so that helps sooth my eyes. I really hope it works because if I can't handle florescent lights, then I don't see how I'd be able to get any sort of office job after I graduate college.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Believe me I do understand. I worked at one job that I was always leaving early due to the migraines I'd get. Between the flourscent lights and I was reading all day (100's of pages) it was too much. The lights were too bright especially with the glare against the paper. I finally had to quit working there. They were understanding and never minded me leaving early, I did more work then most there even with leaving early, but I couldn't deal with the pain.
@gberlin (3836)
20 Apr 07
So sorry to hear about your sore eyes. I do hope they get better. I know I have some allergies in my eyes because they itch sometimes. At night they sometimes get dry. I try to drink lots of water and when I don't is when I notice the dryness.
@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
21 Apr 07
My oldest daughter has this problem. has since she was a teenager. At first i did not believe her and thaought she wa just wanting to be "cool" with "shades on". then I found out from the ye doctor it was true. She does not use drops but she does keep sun glasses on outside. Next time they are bothering her a lot I will suggest she get some lubricating eye drops to see if it helps. I have allergies and my eyes get itchy sometimes. Right ow for about 2 weeks I've been having water eye peoblem. Too much lubrication there I guess.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Eye drops probably won't help much with light sensitivity, in fact it will probably make it worse. Think of how being near water, like a pool or a lake will give you a sunburn faster; it just amplifies the light.
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
it's my disease ever since... whenever i eat seafoods, chicken, and the like my eyes swell and i get teary eyes