Photophobia Post Cataract Surgery: What You Need to Know

Some patients experience photophobia (sensitivity to light). A sudden onset of substantial or even painful light sensitivity (photophobia) may be caused by inflammation in the eye. This may occur after LASIK or cataract surgery. 1 & 2

Post-operative infections related to cataract surgery primarily include endophthalmitis and corneal suture infection. Symptoms of endophthalmitis include decreased vision, mild to severe ocular pain, photophobia, and floaters. 3

The course of treatment of photophobia is dependent upon the underlying cause of the light sensitivity. To deal with the photophobia itself, it is best to eliminate exposure to bright lights and when one cannot avoid exposure, limit its effects with sunglasses or a wide brimmed hat.4

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