Light Sensitivity / Photophobia

Light sensitivity and dry eyes

Glasses For Light Sensitive Eyes

For those who experience light sensitivity (or photophobia) will know it can be quite uncomfortable during your day-to-day life, and even limit the amount of time you can spend outside or looking at glary screens some days.

Luckily, we can provide a number of lens options for your frames that can help protect your eyes and reduce the discomfort you experience in bright and glary light conditions. Below, we’ll look at some of the different types of lenses for light sensitivity and how we can tailor your glasses for light sensitivity.


Light sensitivity, or photophobia, can lead to various symptoms, including watering eyes, squinting, eye ache, and headaches. But what’s causing it? Here are a few factors that can make your eyes more light-sensitive, such as:

  • Eye conditions that affect the front surface of the eye, including conjunctivitis, corneal problems or dry eyes
  • Certain medications which can have side-effects causing the eye sensitivity
  • Eye Conditions in the middle of the eye such as Uveitis
  • Genetic retinal conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa
  • Conditions that occur from birth such as ocular albinism and aniridia

Specific eye diseases like macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and cataracts

Thankfully, there is a lot of choice in how we can help when it comes to light sensitivity glasses, from different colour tints to lens treatments. Our experts can advise on finding the right option for your eyes. Below, we’ll consider some of the factors you should take into account when choosing glasses for your sensitive eyes.

Making your glasses friendly for sensitive eyes

With a huge range of lens options available, we’ve made it easy to make your prescription glasses and sunglasses suitable for light sensitivity. From coloured lens tints that ease bright sunlight, to polarising and coloured mirrored lenses, we have a number of lens treatments for your glasses — no matter the frame style you choose.

You can browse the full collection of glasses and sunglasses and speak to one of our opticians about lenses for sensitive eyes when you visit us next.

Need some more advice? Call in and speak to one of our trained advisors or optometrist’s if you have any questions.

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