Symptoms of Photophobia

Photophobia is not a condition by itself, but it is a symptom of conditions that cause inflammation and infections to the eyes. If one is very sensitive to light it might be a symptom of an underlying disease caused by viruses which come with severe headaches.








One can experience light sensitivity even when there is no visible eye condition. In this case one should consult an optician immediately to find out if there are any eye conditions which are in the early stages of developing. Light sensitivity is at different levels for each individual but as one grows older the eyes become sensitive to light even when there are no underlying conditions.


A main symptom is triggering a headache/ migraine or worsening a headache causing pain in the eyes.


Fluorescent photophobia symptoms:


  1. Dizziness or vertigo
  2. Nausea.
  3. Disequilibrium
  4. Swift visual stimuli movements causing discomfort to the eyes. Such situations are fast-edit scenes on TV or scrolling on the computer.
  5. Feeling ill, woozy, off-kilter or icky as some people would describe it. This is a malaise feeling.

Note: Fluorescent lighting is commonly used especially in homes. Some people experience photophobia due to fluorescent lighting.


Other symptoms related to photophobia include:


  • Stiff neck.
  • Measles
  • Eye symptoms
  • Vision changes
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Albinism
  • Ultraviolet burns
  • Chemical burns
  • Acute iritis
  • Ultraviolet burns
  • Acute bacterial meningitis
  • Migraine headache
  • Cornel foreign body
  • Interstitial Keratitis

Intermittent photophobia Symptoms:


  • Nerve symptoms
  • Sensory symptoms
  • Vision distortion
  • Body symptoms.
  • Sensations
  • Pain
  • Light sensitivity.

Iritis is characterized by discomfort in the affected eye, redness of the eye, blurred vision, light sensitivity or floating spots or specks in vision.

Retinal dystrophy signs include loss of central vision, loss of side vision, night blindness, light sensitivity or inability to rapidly respond to light changes and ability to see in dimly lit conditions.

Cone dystrophy symptoms vary in different individuals and factors determining are age, severity of the condition and the progress of the condition.


Glaucoma has various symptoms depending on the type of glaucoma you are suffering from. Some of the symptoms are intense pain, headaches, eye redness, seeing rainbow rings or halos around lights, tender eyes, quickly progressive loss of vision on both or one eye and a misty vision. A child might have the following symptoms of photophobia, large eyes due to expanded eyes, watery eyes, cloudy eyes, eye movements which are jerky and finally one eye can turn outwards, upwards, or inwards while the other looks forward.


There are different kinds of cataract but some of the signs and symptoms of cataracts include clouded, dim or blurred vision. Although the cloudiness can start from a small part of the eye such that one might not be conscious of the loss of vision. Difficulties in vision at night and the eyes are sensitive to light. Changing eyeglass and contact lens frequently but still experiencing the fading of colors. Also, seeing halos and having a double vision in a single eye is a sign that you may have a cataract.