Ocular Rosacea Light Sensitivity
Sensitivity to light is not an eye disease, but a symptom one of many conditions that can cause irritation to the eyes. This can be caused by a variety of things – many diuretic medications such as Delone, Furocot, Lasix or Lo-Aqua, quinine, or oral antibiotics sometimes cause side effects of redness and light sensitivity. Other medical conditions such as infection or inflammation can also cause light sensitivity. A virus related illness, severe headaches or migraine, corneal abrasion, even a central nervous system disorder such as meningitis can be a cause of light sensitivity. In more extreme cases possibly botulism, or mercury over exposure.
Light sensitivity can be also related to a tired exhausted sleep deprived eyes as well as attention deficit hyper-activity (ADHD), or a sudden change from a dark area to sunlight.
Other irritants causing light sensitivity are contact lens, over exposure to the sun, laser and cataract surgery as well as a retinal detachment.
Light sensitivity may be a component of eye rosacea but it is not a primary symptom, but as a side effect or related to both ocular and facial rosacea. It is always very wise to review the product information labels for a list of possible side effects prior to starting any new medication or treatment. Sometimes an effective first response to an ocular condition is to stop what you are doing and allow the eyes to heal. The eye is composed of 96% water, so dryness, irritation, redness and sensitivity can often be improved by drinking more water.