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An abnormal fear of light.



an increased visual sensitivity to daylight or artificial light. Photophobia may develop as a result of the inflammation of the anterior chamber of the eye (conjunctivitis, keratitis, and iridocyclitis), the entry of foreign bodies into the cornea, and the irritation of the unprotected eye during electric arc welding (electrophthalmia). Photophobia may also develop with albinism or with the artificial dilatation of the pupils after they fail to contract upon exposure to light, subjecting the retina to light rays. The condition is manifested by eyelid spasms, tearing, and eye pain.

Photophobia is treated by eliminating the main cause and by wearing dark glasses.

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Symptoms like severe itching and thick ropy discharge, photophobia, and lacrimation that interfered with their daily activity were considered in refractory cases.
Photophobia is the experience of discomfort affecting the eyes as a result of exposure to light.
Photophobia is a clinical sign associated with numerous conditions.
Neck stiffness was reported by 56% (n=60), and 38% (n=41) reported photophobia.
Other symptoms, including photophobia, phonophobia, nausea, and vomiting, were assayed on admission and then 2 hours after treatment.
In children, photophobia and phonophobia can be inferred (if they report having to lie down in a dark, quiet room, for example), as many have difficulty describing or understanding these symptoms.
With International Classification of Headache Disorders, third edition (ICHD-III) criteria, migraines can be differentiated from acute, acute recurrent, and chronic progressive or chronic nonprogressive headaches if a child has experienced at least five attacks lasting up to 72 hours (whether untreated or unsuccessfully treated), if nausea and/or vomiting or photophobia and phonophobia are present, and if the child has at least two of four characteristics, including unilateral location, pulsating quality, moderate to severe intensity, and a tendency to be aggravated by--or avoid--routine physical activity.
noted a high percentage of self-reported vision problems, photophobia, and oculomotor dysfunction during vision screening examinations of patients with predominantly mTBI [13].
6) At baseline, patients reported the following symptoms: pulsing or throbbing pain (89%), pain that worsened with physical activity (85%), sinus pressure (84%), sinus pain (82%), nasal congestion (63%), photophobia (79%), nausea (73%), and phonophobia (67%).
who also attended the session, commented that "migraine patients who have premonitory symptoms will often report nausea or photophobia or phonophobia even during their premonitory phase, so I'm not all that surprised that maybe symptoms are occurring during the aura as well.
Women with primary headaches were more likely to have a history of migraine and to have photophobia, phonophobia, and lacrimation on exam.