Do you find yourself squinting your eyes on a sunny or overcast day more than normal? Are bright lights blinding more than they are helpful? If your answer was yes, you are not alone.
Many people have photophobia, or light sensitivity. Light sensitivity can range from severe to mild cases, making many light sources uncomfortable.
Light sensitive eyes can be caused for a variety of reasons. Some causes include large pupils, light eye color, cataracts, dry eyes, computer vision syndrome, glaucoma, eyestrain and other conditions. Nutritional deficiencies, especially in lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin A may also cause light sensitivity.
The best foods to help with light sensitivity are dark leafy green vegetables, nuts, and foods rich in lutein and beta-carotene. Below are some of the best foods for light sensitive eyes:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Red Bell Peppers
- Romaine Lettuce
- Brussel Sprouts
You can also consider adding a lutein-based supplement to your daily diet. Viteyes offers many supplements to help supplement your diet with lutein including Viteyes Blue Light Defender Gummies and Viteyes Blue Light Defender Plus (Capsules).
Light sensitivity (photophobia) can also be a symptom of dry eye. Consuming foods rich in omega-3, such as salmon and nuts, can help. Or, for occasional dry eye you can add a supplement to your diet such as Viteyes Tear Support, which includes omega-3, turmeric, flaxeed oil and more.
In addition to supplementing your diet, try switching to polarized sunglasses which are especially helpful with preventing glare. Or for those with extreme light sensitivity adding light switches with dimmers in your home or tinting your car windows.
As always, make sure to visit your doctor to ensure the light sensitivity is not anything more serious.