“I have extreme photophobia and I just want a pair of photophobia glasses to make riding in a car or eating in a restaurant not only tolerable but somewhat comfortable.”
This is a common question we receive at Axon Optics.
What is Photophobia?
Photophobia is an aversion or sensitivity to light. In many cases, light exposure can cause pain. Although “photophobia” literally means ‘a fear of light’, it is not the same as an irrational fear of light – that is called heliophobia; a different condition entirely.
People with photophobia (or light sensitive eyes) may have difficulty with indoor lighting or sunlight. It may interfere with their ability to work in an office, enjoy the outdoors, go into businesses, or read from a computer screen.
We created an extensive Photophobia and Light Sensitivity Guide based on the latest scientific research and reviewed by Dr. Bradley Katz, a neuro-ophthalmologist and researcher that specializes in light sensitivity at the University of Utah.
What is the simplest way to reduce photophobia symptoms?
To relieve the symptoms of photophobia you need to block the light. Some people block the light by pulling the blinds in their homes or wearing sunglasses indoors. Don’t do this. You may be “dark-adapting” your eyes, making them even more light sensitive when you leave your home (think of leaving a dark movie theater and then going outside to bright sunlight in the middle of the day).
What’s needed are photophobia glasses that primarily block the light responsible for photophobia while allowing the remaining light to pass through.
Photophobia Glasses from Axon Optics as a Natural Treatment
Axon’s eyeglasses, with its unique Spectrashield FL-41 lenses, offer photophobia relief. There are two different tint levels to choose from – indoor and outdoor – so that customers may choose the tint needed for their comfort level. All our photophobia glasses include UV protection and premium coatings to reduce smudges and scratches. We can fit our lenses to your pre-existing frames, or you can choose one of ours, including a peripheral light-blocking wrap frame. Almost all of our eyewear may be filled with your prescription.
Learn more in our photophobia guide about the best photophobia treatment.
One of Axon Optics Customers with Photophobia noted:
“My only regret is that I didn’t find your glasses sooner before my eyes dark adapted and became so weak. Reading and watching TV is still beyond my abilities. But my eyes are getting stronger. I wonder if I had gotten your glasses sooner if it would have made a difference. But then I wouldn’t be such a zealot about your product!”
What are the Best Glasses for Photophobia?
Check out our line of precision tinted glasses for migraine and photophobia: