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Which eye diseases can cause photophobia?

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Some eye diseases cause this symptom, including:

  • Dry eyeUveitis (swelling of the inside of your eye)
  • Keratitis (swelling of your cornea, the clear layer that covers the colored part of your eye)
  • Iritis (swelling of the colored ring around your pupil)
  • Cataracts (cloudy coverings over the lenses of your eyes)
  • Corneal abrasion (a scratch on your cornea)
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue that sits over the white part of your eye)
  • Damage to your retina, the light-sensitive layer in the back of your eye
  • Blepharospasm (a condition that makes your eyelids close uncontrollably)

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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