Light Sensitivity in Migraine: Why It Happens and How to Manage It

Light sensitivity, or photophobia, is a common symptom of migraine headaches. Gain a better understanding of the science behind light sensitivity, why it happens, and how to manage it from migraine expert Rami Burstein, PhD.

Sensitivity to light during a migraine headache can worsen your pain and affect your ability to function. In this presentation, you’ll learn about how common light sensitivity is among people who have migraine headaches, how and why light sensitivity is linked to migraine, and strategies you can use to better manage light sensitivity as part of your migraine treatment plan.

Burstein is the John Hedley-Whyte Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chair of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding how migraine alters the nervous system, the neurobiology behind migraine triggers, and the physiological basis of light and touch sensitivity in people who have migraine.