Light Sensitivity (Photophobia) And Autism

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25 Feb 2012, 4:03 am

I have discovered that there is a definite correlation between light sensitivity and autism. I looked high and low for affordable tinted eyeglasses that worked well indoors and finally found the perfect item. They are "KD's" brand. So, if you like me, have intolerance problems with florescent lighting and the like, these might work for you. There are websites that carry them (just type in "KD's shades") and there are several sellers on eBay who have them. That's where I got mine at around only $8 a pair. The light green, light blue and light purple have worked the best for me. Sweet relief :-)



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25 Feb 2012, 4:21 am

I have problems with photosensitivity. I wear corrective lenses as it is, so I have no choice but to forgo sunglasses in many situations, unless I want to buy a new pair of lenses with a tint to them. I go without my glasses a lot, though, to wear sunglasses. Especially in summer. Even then, sometimes sunglasses don't do enough.

I also hate most prescription sunglasses, because they don't totally cover the eye. Transitions lenses are horrible, too, and never work in all the places I need them to like inside cars.

I typically go with aviators. I like huge lenses in my sunglasses, for some reason. One thing I like about them is how they help mask my facial expressions, which often are not equivalent to what is going on in my head.

At home I just work in the dark - the light coming from the various screens in my room is more than enough light for me to see everything I need to. The lights in my room are also way too bright, but no way of turning it to a lower setting, so I just leave them off.



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25 Feb 2012, 5:05 am

I'm actually sensitive to the light myself, for instance going through a parking lot in the middle of summer with the sun reflecting on windows. I have found a good technique that does help is to close your eyes and stand close to the light with your eyes facing it for a few minutes, that definitely help with sensitivity to light.

Also pinhole glasses can provide a dark tint and give you a better range of vision without contact lenses or glasses, worth checking out.



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25 Feb 2012, 5:23 am

I can't stand overhead lights and the yellow face, so I like to wear baseball caps everywhere. I don't wear sunglasses much because I don't like the feel of them on my face.



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25 Feb 2012, 6:10 am

N I only have noise sensitivity and fear of loud sudden noise. Light I'm OK with.


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25 Feb 2012, 6:13 am

I cannot walk out into daylight without wearing sunglasses. And I searched a long time for the darkest tint that covers the whole eye. Without them I get severe migraines. I don't think I need a tint but need the most darkest pair of glasses possible.
I tend to wear my hat a lot too but I my skin is very sensitive to the Sun.

I think general sensory sensitivity is common in autism. I have noise and touch and smell sensitivity too but only the noise sensitivity is as bad as my light sensitivity.


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25 Feb 2012, 7:16 am

I have a pair of sunglasses that I added car window tint to, they work especially well.


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25 Feb 2012, 10:14 am

I always look down when i walk cause the sunlight has always hurt my eyes.
My cousin cant stand camera flashes, and when i think about it neither can I.
I cant stand fluro lights they make my eyes sore even with glasses (normal) on.
People think of me as weird if i wear my sunglasses inside. I also cant stand blue lights like head lights of cars they actually make my eyes feel like theyre on fire.
My eyes are so light sensitive i cannot drive at night >.<



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25 Feb 2012, 4:12 pm

My light sensitivity is so extreme that in 2010, my eye doctor decided NOT to dilate my eyes, as the office light alone bugged me.
I've been blinded for up to 15 minutes coming out of movie theaters. It freaking hurts! I have transistion lenses on my current pair of glasses, but I also put on polarizing sunglasses (over my regular EGs)to drive. Otherwise headaches, dazzlement, other problems.
This is my worst sensitivity, noises are a distant second...
On an upscale note, I use this to my advantage for backyard astronomy. Seeing light that has traveled 65 million years to my eyes is absolutely cool!

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25 Feb 2012, 5:50 pm

Teredia wrote:
I always look down when i walk cause the sunlight has always hurt my eyes.
My cousin cant stand camera flashes, and when i think about it neither can I.
I cant stand fluro lights they make my eyes sore even with glasses (normal) on.
People think of me as weird if i wear my sunglasses inside.


I'm the same exact way. I don't leave the house during the day without sunglasses on, even if it's raining. I have light tint sunglasses I wear inside at work, because of the fluorescent lights in the office.


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25 Feb 2012, 6:38 pm

Reading this post through Claroview - it automatically tints your screen with any colour you like.

thanks for the suggestion of KD glasses - maybe they would do instead of the irlen ones I am supposed to get assessed for, but the actual assessment cost is ridiculous.

Definitely got photophobia, could never work out why other people dont get it....

erm ......... why do we?



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25 Feb 2012, 11:48 pm

I forgot to mention that I also have palinopsia, which makes light sensitivity even worse, because of the afterimages I also have to deal with. Anyone else with this problem?


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26 Feb 2012, 2:27 am

Atomsk wrote:
I have problems with photosensitivity. I wear corrective lenses as it is, so I have no choice but to forgo sunglasses in many situations, unless I want to buy a new pair of lenses with a tint to them. I go without my glasses a lot, though, to wear sunglasses. Especially in summer. Even then, sometimes sunglasses don't do enough.

I also hate most prescription sunglasses, because they don't totally cover the eye. Transitions lenses are horrible, too, and never work in all the places I need them to like inside cars.

I typically go with aviators. I like huge lenses in my sunglasses, for some reason. One thing I like about them is how they help mask my facial expressions, which often are not equivalent to what is going on in my head.

At home I just work in the dark - the light coming from the various screens in my room is more than enough light for me to see everything I need to. The lights in my room are also way too bright, but no way of turning it to a lower setting, so I just leave them off.


Aviators also come in light tents that work well indoors and can be found cheap on eBay etc. I hear you about the dark.



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26 Feb 2012, 2:59 am

Teredia wrote:
I always look down when i walk cause the sunlight has always hurt my eyes.
My cousin cant stand camera flashes, and when i think about it neither can I.
I cant stand fluro lights they make my eyes sore even with glasses (normal) on.
People think of me as weird if i wear my sunglasses inside. I also cant stand blue lights like head lights of cars they actually make my eyes feel like theyre on fire.
My eyes are so light sensitive i cannot drive at night >.<


Plus I have Tinnitus (ear ringing) and as a headache from florescent light builds, so does the intensity of the ringing. It takes a tole one one's nervous system, and photosensitivity in autism is already a condition of the nervous system. One day recently, I already had a borderline migraine, so I put on extra dark lenses for indoors. I wear the light tints while driving at night too.



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26 Feb 2012, 11:51 am

Hmm, never knew there was a name for the afterimages, those definitely effect & distract me.
I too, wear shades outside, even on overcast days. Worst thing I've found, is sunlight (direct or even a bit cloudy) on *SNOW*. Snowblind takes on whole new worlds of meaning..

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