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What is photophobia?

Photophobia is sensitivity to light, which may cause eye pain or discomfort. It can make it hard for people to open their eyes completely, or keep their eyes open. Causes of photophobia include eye injuries or burns, eye infections or disorders, headaches, meningitis, wearing contacts too long or wearing contacts that don't fit well, and some drugs. You should call your doctor if you have:
  • Severe pain
  • Light sensitivity for more than 1 to 2 days
  • Light sensitivity with headaches, red eyes or blurred vision

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