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What tests can your doctor use to diagnose photophobia?

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Tests your doctor might use include:

  • Slit-lamp eye exam. She'll use a special microscope with a light to examine your eyes.
  • MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging.This uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make detailed pictures of your eyes.
  • Exam of the tear film. This checks the amount of tears you make to see if you have dry eyes.

From: What Is Photophobia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Photophobia: Looking for Causes and Solutions."

American Migraine Foundation: "Photophobia -- What is It? Can It Be Treated?"

Eye Care Trust: "Photophobia."

Mayo Clinic: "Slit lamp examination."

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology : "Shedding Light on Photophobia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Photophobia: Looking for Causes and Solutions."

American Migraine Foundation: "Photophobia -- What is It? Can It Be Treated?"

Eye Care Trust: "Photophobia."

Mayo Clinic: "Slit lamp examination."

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology : "Shedding Light on Photophobia."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2019

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