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Who here's eyes are sensitive to the Sun or bright lights?

I have Some Sensitivity to Light If I'm in areas where there is no shade and just concrete or White paint I Have to cover my eyes because it makes my eyes start to hurt.
 

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That happens to me. Im getting wrinkles around my eye lids and on my forhead because I squint too much... I don't think it is too uncommon, because your eyes need to adjust first.

Some people sneeze when they see a bright light... I'm not sure what it is called, but my Bio teacher told me about it. Apparently my friend has it!
 

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Well, I can't say that I have a great deal of sensitivity to light, but Bono does (I think). He has some pretty badass sunglasses.
 

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I'll sometimes sneeze in bright light. It was when I was 14 and crossing a busy highway that I walked right out into a car, and it was the sunlight that more or less just hypnotized me. All I can remember is the light, and a sense of peace. The next thing I knew I was sprawled out on the highway with both bones in my leg broken.
 

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If I'm in areas where there is no shade and just concrete or White paint I Have to cover my eyes because it makes my eyes start to hurt.
Im getting wrinkles around my eye lids and on my forhead because I squint too much...
Have you ever heard of sunglasses? :p

I usualkly dislike being in direct sunlight or in too bright environments, and I recently discovered the huge comfort that comes from having a pair of sunglasses with me in case of need.

I've never been a fan on them till not long ago, and having blue eyes (which are more sensitive to strong light) it was not uncommon to be around feeling uncomfortable for the excessive light in particularly sunny days or when the sky is covered by light clouds that make it become all white. Then I began to use sunglasses (or, rather, since I already use glasses, sun lenses that you apply over them) and my world changed! :D

One of the most valuable benefits of using sunglasses is that when you go from a place with strong light to one that is dimly lighted you can simply take them off and avoid becoming blind all at once! (i.e. driving in tunnels) And, what's more, at the end of the day the pigment in your eyes that allows you to see isn't all consumpted because of the excessive light you were exposed to, preserving your eyes sensitivity and allowing them to feel less tired.
 

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Get me outside on a sunny day or one with light cloud cover (the white sky Quattrus described), and I'm blind without a pair of sunglasses.
 

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I have Opticnerve Atrophi and if a light hits me wrong i'll get a really bad migrain and the only way to get ride of it is to sleep it off.
 

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I'm sensitive to light in some ways. On the computer, wherever possible, I have to change the settings to white text on black background, so I don't have a bright white background glaring at me all the time.

I also don't wear sunglasses as often as I should :/
 

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I used to be. I used to need my sunglasses to go outside unless it was very overcast. However, over the ages of 10-12 I started wearing them less and less to the point now where I never wear them. I don't know why this happened, but it is nice that it has. I don't like flashing lights, but light itself no longer really gets to me.

However, I get sensory overloads like Martin, and when that does happen I suddenly become very sensitive to light again. Luckily it goes away eventually, but it is really not nice when it does happen not least because I often don't have anything to protect my eyes with me when it happens.
 

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A high sensitivity to bright sunlight is also a symptom of diabetes. My mother was getting like that when her blood sugar started rising. She didn't realize she was diabetic until other physical problems started to surface. By the time she went into the ER to get checked out, her blood sugar level was up over 1000!!! They told her the light sensitivity was one telltale sign her sugar was way up.

So, I'd recommend anyone who has an unusually high light sensitivity have their blood sugar tested just to be on the safe side. Diabetes is nothing to mess around with and you can have it at a young age. My mom was told it was a wonder she was still walking around with her sugar level that high. Needless to say, they kept her in the hospital until it could be lowered down to a normal range.

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A high sensitivity to bright sunlight is also a symptom of diabetes. My mother was getting like that when her blood sugar started rising. She didn't realize she was diabetic until other physical problems started to surface. By the time she went into the ER to get checked out, her blood sugar level was up over 1000!!! They told her the light sensitivity was one telltale sign her sugar was way up.

So, I'd recommend anyone who has an unusually high light sensitivity have their blood sugar tested just to be on the safe side. Diabetes is nothing to mess around with and you can have it at a young age. My mom was told it was a wonder she was still walking around with her sugar level that high. Needless to say, they kept her in the hospital until it could be lowered down to a normal range.

~Pramrider
Really?? I'm diabetic and sensitivity to light has never been a symptom of high blood sugar for me. It was also never mentioned by the doctors or anything. Weird. At any rate, it stays the same for me no matter what my blood sugar is at. Some people do get different symptoms than others, so it's completely possible.
 

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Pram: I already have, diabetes is something that is common in my family. (I actually had it checked when I was very tired for a while.)
 

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Really?? I'm diabetic and sensitivity to light has never been a symptom of high blood sugar for me.
I think it was because hers was getting extremely high and her not recognizing it as one of the warning signs. She actually knew some of the signs because her mom was diabetic as well. Probably your eyes aren't noticably affected if it's somewhat high but not WAY high like hers got to be. Once the sugar level was lowered to a reasonable range her sensitivity to light returned to a more normal range, too. Like the ER doctor told her, it was a wonder she hadn't collapsed while out walking around with sugar levels well up in the dangerous zone.

I have to get myself checked regularly due to the family history of diabetes on my mother's side.

EDIT: What made her finally go to the ER was because she couldn't have a BM. She thought she had an intestinal tract blockage. The very high sugar level was also affecting her bowels. That's when they checked her sugar and found it extremely high. It was actually closer to 1200 from what I recall her telling me. Guess it was only because she was a strong woman she was able to still get up and around in that condition.

According to this article - http://en-us.transitions.com/professionals/healthysight/diabetes - only 14 to 20 percent of diabetics around the world are aware that diabetes can increase light sensitivity, so that's probably why you've never heard of that being a symptom before.

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I don't think I'm that sensitive, although I just don't like it...I just try to wear sunglasses when I'm out...I really don't like a light in my eyes, like light reflecting off something, and it shines right in your face...I get a headache from that sometimes
 

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Ever since my cateract operations my eyes have been light sensitive, I wear sunglasses most of the time when I leave my house, plus I keep my shades closed in the house at all times.
 

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I have light sensitive eyes!! Even on cloudy & rainy days, I still need sunglasses to see in daylight & I have a pair for night driving, due to headlights!!

I sneeze when I get outside & the sun hits my eyes!! My dad & I can them "sun sneezes", as we both get them!!

I can't go anywhere without sunglasses, they are a part of everyday life for me!!
 
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