Living with Photophobia

In spite of its name, Photophobia is not actually a fear of light. If you have it, your eyes are extremely sensitive to light. In fact, any form of light can cause extreme discomfort and pain. In most cases, only bright light will cause symptoms, but in some cases, any light can bring on a reaction.

What Causes Photophobia?

A Disease Called Uveitis

Your eye is red and swollen, it hurts, your vision is blurry and sensitive to light. You obviously have Pink Eye, right? Not necessarily. There are other conditions that may cause these symptoms. One of them is called Uveitis.

What is Uveitis?

The name Uveitis actually describes a number of diseases that cause inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. They can be either infectious or non-infectious. What they have in common is that they all destroy the tissues of the eye that supply blood to the retina. Damage to the retina can cause severe eye damage or even blindness.