Adult Acne: Blasting Zits Into Oblivion

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Sensitive Vision: Why Do Bright Holiday Lights Bother Your Eyes?


If you experience headaches, nausea and other symptoms every time you expose your eyes to bright holiday decorations and lights, you may have light-sensitive eyes. An eye doctor can examine your eyes and prescribe eyeglasses with special light filters in the lenses to improve your condition. Until you see an eye doctor or ophthalmologist for treatment, keep in mind the information below.

Why Do You Have Light-Sensitive Eyes?

Your eye doctor defines light-sensitive vision as photophobia. The severity of photophobia varies from person to person, and produces different symptoms because of this variance in light-sensitivity. For example, some people experience sensitivity to all sources of light and develop severe migraines when exposed to it. Other people have problems viewing bright lights, such as those used in seasonal decorations, and develop mild headaches or nausea. Yet, there are some people who have past or current histories of migraines, which can lead to light-sensitivity.

How Can Migraines Cause Photophobia?

Migraines develop when blood vessels inside the head become swollen and inflamed. The swollen tissues send pain signals to the brain through the trigeminal nerve. This nerve can trigger light sensitivity during a migraine that continues long after your migraine goes away.

Here's how.

The trigeminal nerve begins at the back of the neck, travels through the eye sockets, and ends at the brain. Because of this close connection, the pain you feel from a migraine can travel to the eyes from any location in the head, face and neck. If you experience numerous migraines, the eyes' tissues eventually weaken from the strain, including the tissues that filter and regulate light.

Light enters through your eyes' pupils. The pupils decrease and increase in size to control how much light enters your eyes. When your pupils enlarge and stay that way, they allow too much light to pass through them. Seasonal lights can produce a lot of bright light that aggravates your enlarged pupils.

How Can You Enjoy the Season's Lights and Decorations?

Until you see the eye doctor, change how you view seasonal lights. For instance:

  • View holiday lighting and bright decorations in the early evening or before it gets dark at night. Seasonal lights become bright and luminous at night in order to show up better. The lights may not shine as brightly when it's still daylight outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses when you view seasonal lights. The shaded lenses may reduce the glare and brightness of the lights.
  • Avoid excessively white seasonal lights. These types of lights produce white light, which can trigger migraines and eye pain by overstimulating your pupils.

Keep the tips above in mind when you visit any location that has bright, seasonal lighting.

If you have a history of migraines or any other head and facial pain, you should tell your ophthalmologist during your appointment. The doctor may refer you to a specialist to evaluate your migraines after treating your light-sensitivity. For more information, visit websites like


30 December 2014