Photophobia

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What is photophobia?

Photophobia, or light sensitivity, is an intolerance of light. Light-sensitive people may be bothered only by bright light, but in extreme cases, any light can be irritating.

Common symptoms reported by people with photophobia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with photophobia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with photophobia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with photophobia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
improved cognition rebound headaches
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
diarrhea numbness in legs
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
auditory hallucinations balance problems 7 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
numbness in face rolling pain in upper abdomen and chest
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
blurry vision deep itching
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness loss of coordination 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with photophobia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has photophobia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 1
30s 1
40s 0
50s 5
60s 0
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2
Female 6

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from photophobia patients who have completed their condition history
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