Photophobia or Light Sensitivity
Photophobia or light sensitivity is a condition whereby people experience discomfort or eye pain on light exposure. If not treated this condition my reach to the point when they may become fearful even to move out.
In most cases people sensitive only to bright light but in many cases, it can create a sensitivity to any light source.
Photophobia or light sensitivity itself is not a disease rather a symptom to an underlying condition.
These internal causes may either be due to eye or brain disorders and can make the light receptors inside the eyes hypersensitive to light which causes the nerves to overload as light reaches the eyes.
Photophobia treatment in homeopathy is based on treating the underlying cause of the problem.
A homeopath conducts your personal analysis before prescribing any remedies.
Homeopathic medicines for photophobia show effective results in cases where it is not related to issues of eye and brain. In this case, a homeopath might recommend you alternate options as necessary.
As each case of photophobia may show varying symptoms, the individualized treatment of homeopathy serves better.
• Eye strain
• Eye pain
• Burning in eyes
• Tear production
• Itching sensation in eyes
• Swelling of eyes
• Inflammation of eyes
Cause of photophobia
As mentioned earlier photophobia is a symptom of other disorders. Here are some common underlying causes
Eye irritation or inflammation.
Migraine or any virus based illness can also cause it as a symptom
Certain eye conditions: corneal abrasion, dry eyes, conjunctivitis, keratitis, iritis, etc
Detached retina, lens irritation, sunburn, eye surgery
Brain conditions: encephalitis, meningitis
Usage of certain medicines: furosemide, quinine, antihistamines, NSAID’s and sulfonamides
Light colored eyes are less pigmented making such people more sensitive to light.
Top Homeopathic Medicines for Photophobia
• Very sensitive to light
• Spasm of lids
• Eye pain and pressure
• The sensation of dust and sand
• Dry eyes
• Red and congested
• Gritty sensation in eyes
• Pain in head and eyes
• Burning sensation
• Blurring of vision
• Pain in temples
• Acrid eye discharge
• Excessive flow of tears’
• Feels better in dark
• Border of eyelids swollen
• Eye pain better with pressure
• Throbbing headache
• Head bursting from pain
• The heat felt in the head
• Dimness of vision
• Burning sensation in eyes
• Eyes sensitive to light
• Vision dim
• Tearing pain around eyes
• Intense pain
• Blurring of vision
• Sensation as if eyes are full of sand
• Eye redness
• Itching and burning
Prevention Tips for Photophobia
• Avoid the triggers that can cause your migraine headache
• Follow good hygiene to avoid conjunctivitis
• Avoid contact with people affected with meningitis
• Many medications can cause light sensitivity. Convey this to your prescription doctor
• Avoid harsh daylight
• Use sunglasses with UV protection
Homeopathic Treatment for Photophobia
In homeopathic treatment for photophobia, the underlying cause of light sensitivity is addressed.
Once the root cause gets treated, one starts getting relief from the symptoms.
Homeopathy is based on the theory of individualization and symptom similarity.
In this treatment, a patient is treated for the underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
Based on the modality of the complaint, appropriate remedies are prescribed which not only provide relief from the outer symptoms but also treat the underlying cause.
Belladonna- this is the most popular remedy for treating photophobia this remedy is recommended for cases of meningitis, certain eye disorders such as – congested eyes, dilated pupils, conjunctivitis
If you still have any doubt or concerns, please feel free to drop me a message at info@RChomeopathy.com.au and I will get back to you soon.
Note: Do not self-medicate any of the remedies listed above . Consult a qualified homeopath