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Posted by: Golfzilla, Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 7:14pm
Does anyone experience sensitivity to lights? I think I might be a little extra sensitive than most I know. I have my eyes examined annually. In fact just did this past Monday and am told to wear sunglasses  :-/  Perhaps will need transition lenses ??)
Posted by: Ribbit, Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 10:33pm; Reply: 1
Fluorescent lights make me squint.
Posted by: JenB+, Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 11:35pm; Reply: 2
Yes, it started after a neck injury. Light in my eyes, especially fluorescent can be bad, even painful. I was told tinted glasses (using right color to screen light waves you're most sensitive to) might help. Haven't tried it, just use regular sunglasses.
Posted by: 7087 (Guest), Thursday, December 10, 2009, 12:56am; Reply: 3
YES!

I get weak/tired nausea and crankiness/confusion when I am exposed to bright lights (especially sunlight).  Because of this I HATE sunny days! >:(People will say "isn't it a beautiful day?"  and I always say "NO!" lol

JenB:  I did not know that a neck injury could cause photosensitivity.  Do the regular shades help?
Posted by: geminisue, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 1:20am; Reply: 4
Yes!

Since having catarac surgery, have notice everything is brighter, white walls when sun is shining in, looking outside, but it is getting better, seems to be mellowing out as time goes on, so I think it's all related to getting new lens in my eyes.  :)
Posted by: Symbi, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 1:48am; Reply: 5
Yellow/brown tinted sunglasses work the best for me.  They cut out all the glare and give you high visibility (black glasses are too hard to see through), even cloudy days I wear  8)  (I bet you do too Ribbit, might be why we get mistaken for being much younger, not squinting, no wrinkles  :))

Seems to go up and down with inflammation.  When I have an autoimmune flare up it gets so bad I wear sunglasses when on the computer (lcd monitor)  ::)
Posted by: Ribbit, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 2:52pm; Reply: 6
I usually forget my sunglasses.  I do have frown lines between my eyes.  Actually...if I've had a good night's sleep, I have no wrinkles.  If I'm up a lot?  I look terrible the next day.
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:08pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from Ribbit
Fluorescent lights make me squint.


Perhaps that is it Ribbit ??)
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:10pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from JenB+
Yes, it started after a neck injury. Light in my eyes, especially fluorescent can be bad, even painful. I was told tinted glasses (using right color to screen light waves you're most sensitive to) might help. Haven't tried it, just use regular sunglasses.


Jb~ a chiropractor might be able to give you some relief if it is related to the neck vertebre/nerves...
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:14pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from 7087
YES!

I get weak/tired nausea and crankiness/confusion when I am exposed to bright lights (especially sunlight).  Because of this I HATE sunny days! >:(People will say "isn't it a beautiful day?"  and I always say "NO!" lol

JenB:  I did not know that a neck injury could cause photosensitivity.  Do the regular shades help?


Spatz~ I understand and can relate very uncomfortable by afternoon. I have brought incandecent lights in for my office and turn out the flourescent ones...
GZ
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:15pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from geminisue
Yes!

Since having catarac surgery, have notice everything is brighter, white walls when sun is shining in, looking outside, but it is getting better, seems to be mellowing out as time goes on, so I think it's all related to getting new lens in my eyes.  :)


I hope it continues to heal for you. You mentioned a lens, artificial..?
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:17pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from Symbi
Yellow/brown tinted sunglasses work the best for me.  They cut out all the glare and give you high visibility (black glasses are too hard to see through), even cloudy days I wear  8)  (I bet you do too Ribbit, might be why we get mistaken for being much younger, not squinting, no wrinkles  :))

Seems to go up and down with inflammation.  When I have an autoimmune flare up it gets so bad I wear sunglasses when on the computer (lcd monitor)  ::)


Really interesting Symbi. I will try to take note of when it bothers me more and see if there are any else that coincides - thanks!
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:21pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Ribbit
I usually forget my sunglasses.  I do have frown lines between my eyes.  Actually...if I've had a good night's sleep, I have no wrinkles.  If I'm up a lot?  I look terrible the next day.


Not to worry Ribbit, others usually can't see what we see about ourselves. I'm sure you always look good :)
Posted by: Ribbit, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:27pm; Reply: 13
:P  At least DH thinks so, and that's what matters. ;)
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:36pm; Reply: 14
Indeed, keep the dude happy ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6:18pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from Golfzilla
Does anyone experience sensitivity to lights? I think I might be a little extra sensitive than most I know. I have my eyes examined annually. In fact just did this past Monday and am told to wear sunglasses  :-/  Perhaps will need transition lenses ??)

I have a theory (and there have been threads about this by others in the past) that non-secretors are often exquisitely sensitive to sensory input, such as lighting.  So, since you are a nonnie, that could explain it.

Another thing is, do you by any chance have rosacea?  I do, and photosensitivity can be a component of it.  But it really could be just being a non-secretor, too.  I work under fluorescent lights at work and I can't STAND them.  Also, I always select relatively dark computer screen colors and I'm really obsessed, actually, with not only my computer screen colors (I always customize my theme to the enth degree and have several themes saved), but just color in general.  I also always keep lighting basically as dark as possible and co-workers will often say, when I would be scanning in the old scanning room where we could control the lights (as opposed to where the scanner is now...but that's not really relevant to our story *lol*), "Oh, why are you sitting in the dark?"  I'm always thinking, dark?  It's not dark in here, it's just right, why does the rest of the world insist on working under artificial light that is bright enough to perform an apendectomy by?

I mean!   :o
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6:22pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from 7087
YES!

I get weak/tired nausea and crankiness/confusion when I am exposed to bright lights (especially sunlight).  Because of this I HATE sunny days! >:(People will say "isn't it a beautiful day?"  and I always say "NO!" lol

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire:  do NOT move to Florida!  Right now we are going through an extremely rare spate of gray, raw, rainy, cold days but usually, this is the "sunshine city" in "the sunshine state" and they boast that "we have 362 days of sunshine every year".  I'm like you and PREFER to have the sun not blazing down relentlessly on me.  Everybody today was like, you are going out in this weather for your walk?  Heck yeah, I'll take gray, overcast, windy and drizzly over 90+ with BLAZING SUN any day.

And what is with weathercasters always passing JUDGEMENT on days, like, we'll be having what I consider a beautiful day and they will dis it because there was one cloud in it.  Then we'll have what I consider reason enough to hunker down in the a/c until the nightmare passes, and they'll say "Today was another gorgeous day!"  What the...?   ??)
Posted by: jeanb, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:31pm; Reply: 17
Often light sensitivity will indicate tired adrenals.
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:32pm; Reply: 18
PT~ No rosacea, just always have been sensitive to light. My wife is always asking me why I'm in the dark ??)
Posted by: Ribbit, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:40pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Golfzilla
Indeed, keep the dude happy ;D


I don't know who came up with the idea that "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."  The way it works around here is if Daddy ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.  If Mama ain't happy, she goes to bed early.
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:48pm; Reply: 20
Ribbit~ you are too funny ;D
Posted by: TJ, Thursday, December 10, 2009, 10:25pm; Reply: 21
I've been light sensitive ever since I was a child.  It was bad enough that mom thought I needed glasses.  I got my eyes checked and had perfect vision, but it was suggested that I wear sunglasses outdoors.

Quoted from jeanb
Often light sensitivity will indicate tired adrenals.


I agree 100%.  When my adrenals were doing well, my light sensitivity improved a lot.  When I ran myself down again :'( it got worse.  Heal them adrenals!
Posted by: geminisue, Friday, December 11, 2009, 12:05am; Reply: 22
Thanks Golfzilla, yes they are artificial lens that replaced the other ones when cateracts were removed.  I was far sighted to begin with, but wore bifocals since the age of 40, but know I don't need glasses, except for reading.  They are stronger than before, but that is okay.  I just have to remember to take them off, when not reading, as it is blurry with movement. lol (Each surgery only took 10 minutes, easiest surgery, I ever had)and I've had quite a few along with the ones they refer to as procedures that feel like surgeries) Forget I mentioned those, all is well now and I feel very blessed!
Posted by: Symbi, Friday, December 11, 2009, 12:39am; Reply: 23
;D :) thanks for the chuckles, funny and informative!

PT, (think) you may have a point about it being related to nonnie sensitivity so far 1 secretor replied, 2 unknown (incl moi), and 6 nonnies.  Also about rosacea, I've got that too.  My face flushes more than our toilet.  (blush) :)

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..why does the rest of the world insist on working under artificial light that is bright enough to perform an apendectomy by?
  Yes!  Love it! (clap)(dance)
Last office job, I had flourescent globes taken out around my desk and a glare filter on the CRT and it was still complaining it was too bright and wore  8) sometimes.  Everyone thought I was (whistle)(ondrugs) :B.  

Jeanb - I was going to suggest adrenals (and thyroid) too.  Recently been researching that myself.  Check this out:
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Let someone shine a bright light your way. Even the above pupil test could have revealed this. Do you find yourself very sensitive and uncomfortable with the bright light? That could be a sign of adrenal fatigue. And this can also be true if you have searing headaches along with the sensitivity.
http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/.  I did test 2 for aldosterone was straight away negative for me (I also have low sodium levels).  So I want to get tested for Addison's disease (if I could be bothered!) he he

Great Line from Scent of A Woman "I'm all in the dark here" We wish sometimes!
Posted by: Symbi, Friday, December 11, 2009, 12:46am; Reply: 24
Golfzilla - transition lenses sound like a great idea.

Geminisue - you're lucky to have new peepers and very brave to have that surgery done.  Glad it turned out better than before.  No glasses !  8) ;D

Ribbit - Funny!  I have lines between my eyes (probably trying to figure out the world too much  ??)) and small crows feet.  I sometimes still squint even with my sunnies on.  We live in the sunshine state of Australia (like Florida), oh no not another day in paradise!  I like the sunshine being there, outside, it cheers me up, but it doesn't mean that I have to go in it :)
Posted by: Lola, Friday, December 11, 2009, 6:57am; Reply: 25
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My wife is always asking me why I'm in the dark

cause you got your share of bright light at the course! :)
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, December 11, 2009, 1:49pm; Reply: 26
I squint in grocery stores.  I always come out with a headache.
Posted by: Katsy, Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:22pm; Reply: 27
I would say that I am moderately sensitive to light. I like sunny days and such, but many times prefer low lights. My husband is always turning on the light over the stove to "help me see what I'm cooking" and I frequently turn it off because it's either unnecessary or it feels like too much light (depending on how much other light is coming in from the windows, or from the ceiling lights, etc.).

However, when I'm at the eye doctor, and he shines that HORRID, HORRIBLE, AWFUL light deep into my eyes, it is all I can do to keep from squeezing my eyes closed; and if I can manage to keep them open, my eyes pour buckets of tears.  :'( :'( It's a little frustrating and a little funny, to both me and the doc. Just thinking about it right now is making my eyes tear up. [But then, when I see a person with an eye infection, my eyes start tearing up, as if my eyes are the ones looking/hurting like that. So maybe it's more in my head...]
Posted by: Golfzilla, Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:47pm; Reply: 28
Katsy~ They are in your head ;)
Posted by: Katsy, Saturday, December 12, 2009, 8:56pm; Reply: 29
LOL -- well, I guess I set myself up for that one!  ;D
Posted by: paul clucas, Monday, December 14, 2009, 8:24pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from Golfzilla
Does anyone experience sensitivity to lights? I think I might be a little extra sensitive than most I know. I have my eyes examined annually. In fact just did this past Monday and am told to wear sunglasses  :-/  Perhaps will need transition lenses ??)
Golfz~, do you mind if we start a pool on what Genotype you are?

I want to put my money on Explorer.    8)

I may have to rustle up some secretors out there to make this work ......   :D

"A difference of opinion is what makes horse races - and missionaries." Will Rogers
Posted by: Golfzilla, Monday, December 14, 2009, 8:34pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from paul clucas
Golfz~, do you mind if we start a pool on what Genotype you are?

I want to put my money on Explorer.    8)

I may have to rustle up some secretors out there to make this work ......   :D

"A difference of opinion is what makes horse races - and missionaries." Will Rogers


I don't mind at all but I'm not yet ready to read (as I am still on the LR4YT book) and have not decided to go to GTD. So how would we discern what type I am ??)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, December 14, 2009, 11:41pm; Reply: 32
read the monograph
http://www.4yourtype.com/hunter.asp
and measuring is key, not just discerning
check the videos
http://youtube.com/profile?user=genotypediet

try getting a hold of the book from your library to get the whole picture
Posted by: Golfzilla, Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 12:06pm; Reply: 33
Quoted from Lola
read the monograph
http://www.4yourtype.com/hunter.asp
and measuring is key, not just discerning
check the videos
http://youtube.com/profile?user=genotypediet

try getting a hold of the book from your library to get the whole picture


Thanks Lola, I just ordered the book. I can tell you measuring was quite easy as there was no doubt which fingers were longer...
Posted by: teri, Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 5:57pm; Reply: 34
Another nonnie here (and Explorer too) very sensitive to light (and noise). I even wear sunglasses on bright gray days when there's no visible sun. I detest movies that flash quickly from frame to frame, seem to be more and more of them out there these days. And live concerts with flashing lights. Department store lighting makes my eyes tired and red. BUT, I am also sensitive to lighting if it's too dim too and always turning a light on to "see". What's with that?
Posted by: Golfzilla, Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 8:51pm; Reply: 35
Quoted from teri
Another nonnie here (and Explorer too) very sensitive to light (and noise). I even wear sunglasses on bright gray days when there's no visible sun. I detest movies that flash quickly from frame to frame, seem to be more and more of them out there these days. And live concerts with flashing lights. Department store lighting makes my eyes tired and red. BUT, I am also sensitive to lighting if it's too dim too and always turning a light on to "see". What's with that?


I can relate all to well. You see, others don't see what we see. So I am glad you agree on what we see ;D
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 9:39pm; Reply: 36
haa normally we say that the blue or green eyed people are sensitive to light... but my elder sis, also an AB but sechi got very dark eyes... and is highly sensitive to any light...so far I sustained her with some aminoacids... and a bit of more taurin any yuk it was ;) ;D....(smarty)(goofy)(whistle)
Posted by: JJR, Thursday, December 17, 2009, 4:16pm; Reply: 37
I get it when I'm not feeling good.  I still am kind of like that now.  My son is terrible.  He has my chiro turn off the lights when he gets adjusted.  He needs Sunglasses A LOT.  He's a red head with blue eyes.
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 17, 2009, 5:06pm; Reply: 38
This is all quite interesting which makes one become curious as to what correlations exist and why this occurs. And I thought my experiences with it were unique...
Posted by: nowishow, Thursday, December 17, 2009, 6:39pm; Reply: 39
I've always been sensitive to light. Sunlight doesn't bother me as much as Flourescent lights or those new headlights (the bluish ones) it feels like someone is stabbing me in the eyes when a car with those headlights comes towards me. Ouch!  :o
Posted by: Golfzilla, Thursday, December 17, 2009, 7:50pm; Reply: 40
Quoted from nowishow
I've always been sensitive to light. Sunlight doesn't bother me as much as Flourescent lights or those new headlights (the bluish ones) it feels like someone is stabbing me in the eyes when a car with those headlights comes towards me. Ouch!  :o


Believe me nih, I feel your pain ~ daily...
GZ
Posted by: TJ, Friday, December 25, 2009, 10:22pm; Reply: 41
Quoted from Golfzilla
And I thought my experiences with it were unique...


I bet you aren't the only one here who's entertained that thought!
Posted by: Heidi, Saturday, December 26, 2009, 1:09am; Reply: 42
My eyes are very sensitive to the light but I don't have the mood changes that Spatz mentions.
I wear brown tinted (all other tints make things worse) high quality sunglasses every time I leave the house, even on cloudy days.
My eyes were not always so sensitive. I never needed sunglasses until after my daughters were born, pregnancy seemed to change somthing.
Posted by: Maldo, Saturday, December 26, 2009, 2:52am; Reply: 43
Quoted from jeanb
Often light sensitivity will indicate tired adrenals.


Yep, its my experience to...
Posted by: Shari, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:49pm; Reply: 44
Another explorer/non-secretor here with light sensitivity.  It is good not to feel so alone.  I can't believe it took me so long to figure out how much light really bothered me.  I just figured it out this weekend.

I kept making little adjustments along the way, heavy drapes at home, light filters at work, transitions lenses, prescriptions sunglasses, etc.

It has been getting worse lately and right now I have spring-time allergies/sensitivities that make my eyes ache.  I also have inflammation problems and I haven't had enough sleep at night in a week. Any one of these could be making this worse for me.

I turned down the brightness and contrast on my monitor at home this weekend, I will probably try that at work too.

The light-sensitivity was really stressing me out without my even knowing that it was bothering me that much.  I just kept powering through my week without realizing, and then spending all weekend indoors behind dark drapes, wondering why I'm so anti-social.

I'm still adjusting to taking care of this particular problem and I have trouble balancing too much/not enough light.

It seems to be worse at different times of the day?
Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:56pm; Reply: 45
http://www.lowbluelights.com 8)
Posted by: 10809 (Guest), Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 3:33pm; Reply: 46
Don't have time to read the thread right now. Sorry if this was already mentioned. When my body was full of yeast, I could not tolerate the sun. I kept all the blinds in the house closed. Did not know why at the time but now I do. I would feel quite ill if exposed to sunlight. Now that the yeast problem is under control, I can love the sun again. Yeast does not thrive well in sunlight apparently. Discovered this from the book I found at a thrift store years ago. Hope you will be able to enjoy the sun again.
Posted by: EquiPro, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 4:33pm; Reply: 47
My daughter has Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome ("SSS", also known as Irlen Syndrome or Meares-Irlen syndrome).  One of the symptoms is sensitivity to light, especially florescent lights.  SSS can also have a myriad of different symptoms that can be confused with dyslexia and even low-level autism.

The "cure" to use colored overlays, glasses or contacts.  My daughter has contacts where the center is tinted with an 8-layer tint (which appears dark purple).  She can not see the color when wearing her lenses, but it corrects a lot of the pain and physical symptoms instantaneously.

More here:

http://irlen.com/index.php
Posted by: Lin, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 8:31pm; Reply: 48
Also deficiencies in one of the B vitamins can cause light sensitivity, think it is B2
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