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Fluorescent Lighting
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LisaCorine - June 18

I am sensitive to fluorescent lighting. When exposed I suffer:

I noticed today that I also started to experience a lot of pain during exposure whereas I was fine before being exposed. The pain has lessened somewhat as the day is going by but I'm shocked! I didn't make this connection before.

Has anyone experienced this? Does anyone react to the lighting like I do?

People tell me to wear a hat or sun glasses but I can't stand either for other reasons. I feel like it is any exposure my body gets and my reaction isn't just from my eyes. Am I being silly thinking that?

This is making a big impact in my life and no one wants to believe me except my daughter who is around to see what it does to me.

Thank you.


jacobea - June 18

When i was in school, they lit all the classrooms with fluorescent lighting and i found that it made my headaches worse until my eyes watered. Nothing else seemed hurt more than usual because of the flourescent lighting, but i definately believe you can be sensitive to it.


Fantod - June 20

Photophobia, or light sensitivity, is an intolerance of light. Sunlight, fluorescent light, incandescent light — all can be bothersome. Sometimes light-sensitive people are bothered only by bright light. In extreme cases, any light can be irritating.

People with lighter-colored eyes, cataracts and those who suffer from migraine headaches are more likely to notice sensitivity to light and glare.

Often, photophobia is a symptom of another underlying problem, such as a corneal abrasion, uveitis or a central nervous system disorder such as meningitis. Light sensitivity may also be associated with retinal detachment, contact lens irritations, sunburn and refractive surgery.

The best treatment for light sensitivity is to treat the underlying cause. In many cases, once the triggering factor is treated, photophobia disappears. If you are taking a medication that causes light sensitivity, talk to the prescribing physician about discontinuing it or replacing it with another drug.

If you're sensitive to light, avoid bright sunlight and other bright lights. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection.

In an extreme case, you may consider wearing prosthetic contact lenses that are specially colored to look like your own eyes. Prosthetic contact lenses can reduce the amount of light that enters the eye, so your eyes are more comfortable. [Read more about prosthetic contact lenses.]


mirasnana - July 5

I too get dizzy around fluorescent lighting. I can hear and feel the electricity coming from them. If I stay too long around them I get nauseated. I've had fibfo for many years - my sisters also and we all experience the same thing.


neurrorist - July 17

I think you should do some research on EMS, electro magnetic sensitivity. Its very very common in fibro sufferers and can sometimes be the cause of your fibro since they have almost the same symptoms. Your sensitivity would extend to computer monitors, cell phone towers, all sorts of nosense. There's a lot of really good info out there. Just put it into google.



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