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What are Light Sensitivity Glasses and how do they work?

by Eric Gathoni

What are Light Sensitivity Glasses and how do they work?

So, what are Light Sensitivity Glasses?

Light sensitivity glasses, also known as photophobia glasses, are glasses that help reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes. They are often used by people who have a condition called photophobia, which means they have trouble tolerating bright or harsh light. Photophobia can cause discomfort, headaches, and even pain in the eyes.

These special glasses have lenses designed to reduce the amount of light that reaches the eyes, which can help relieve the symptoms of photophobia. The lenses can be made of different materials, like polarized lenses, photochromatic lenses, or tinted lenses, and can be used both inside and outside. Some light sensitivity glasses also have a wrap-around design that helps block light from entering the eyes from the sides.

Aside from helping with photophobia, light sensitivity glasses can also be useful for people who are sensitive to light for other reasons, like those with light-sensitive skin or those who work in places with bright lights. If you're experiencing light sensitivity, you can purchase glasses for light sensitivity without a prescription or schedule an eye test to get one with a prescription.

Are there different types of light sensitivity glasses?

Yes, there are different types of light sensitivity glasses. Some of the most common types include:

Anti-glare lenses: These lenses help reduce glare off reflected surfaces. They can help alleviate the discomfort and eye strain caused by glare and reflections from buildings, screens and bright lights. 

Photochromatic lenses: Photochromatic lenses also known as Photochromic lenses, darken automatically in response to bright light like the sun, and lighten again when the light levels decrease. Photochromatic lenses can be useful for people who need to transition from bright outdoor light to dim indoor light.

Blue Block lenses: Blue light blocking glasses are intended for blocking blue light that is emitted from digital devices. This can help people that spend a lot of time looking at digital devices by reducing eye strain, headaches, dry eyes, and the impact on your circadian rhythm. 

Polarized lenses: These lenses are treated with a special polarizing film that reduces glare and helps to reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes. Polarized lenses are ideal for people who are sensitive to glare, especially while driving or engaging in outdoor activities. The typical form of Polarized lenses comes with Polarized sunglasses.

Tinted lenses: These glasses have lenses that are tinted with a yellow, amber, or brown color to reduce the amount of bright light that enters the eyes. Tinted lenses can be useful for people who suffer from light sensitivity caused by migraines or other conditions that cause sensitivity to bright light.

Wrap-around lenses: These lenses come with glasses that wrap around the sides of the eyes to reduce the amount of light that enters from the sides.


Are there any side effects of wearing light sensitivity glasses?

No, there are no known side effects of wearing light sensitivity glasses. However, it is always best to consult with an eye specialist before purchasing or using any type of glasses to make sure they are appropriate for your specific needs.

Can light sensitivity glasses be prescribed by an eye doctor?

Yes, light sensitivity glasses can be prescribed by an Optometrist. Your eye specialist can help determine the type of light sensitivity glasses that will work best for you based on your specific needs and the cause of your light sensitivity. There are also various options that can be chosen from, it might be that Sunglasses work best for your needs like aviators, therefore you can be sure to be recommended what is best for you and have a wide range of choice to decide from.

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