Are you suffering under the oppressive glare of your office’s fluorescent lights? You are not alone. Fluorescent lighting is uncomfortable for many people, but those with vertical heterophoria who are especially sensitive to light may find it particularly unbearable.
In today’s post, we explain the connection between vertical heterophoria and light sensitivity, and discuss how our treatment options can alleviate the discomfort you feel in brightly lit spaces.
Your visual system is a well-oiled machine with many moving parts that are all crucial to your eyesight. Integral to your ability to see clearly is the precise vertical alignment of your eyes. If this alignment is disrupted, which can happen as a result of a head injury or due to a genetic condition, your eyes will no longer move in sync with each other. This means that your extraocular muscles – tiny muscles that control the movement of your eyes – have to work very hard to correct the misalignment.
Eventually, your extraocular muscles will become strained and fatigued from all the work they’re having to do. This can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms such as sensitivity to light, headaches, dizziness, anxiety and trouble concentrating. This condition is known as vertical heterophoria.
How to Alleviate Light Sensitivity
Light sensitivity is one of the most common symptoms of vertical heterophoria. Unfortunately, bright lights are often an unavoidable part of our daily existence, particularly for people working in traditional office buildings.
Our innovative treatment for vertical heterophoria uses custom aligning prismatic lenses to correct the misalignment in your eyes. While this treatment helps to significantly reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of vertical heterophoria, some patients still experience discomfort in bright lighting. In addition to wearing our specialized prismatic lenses, we recommend taking the following steps to alleviate your light sensitivity.
Turn off the fluorescent lights. If possible, we recommend shutting off your fluorescent lights and instead using floor lamps that emit softer, incandescent lighting.
Rest your eyes frequently. If you have to work at your computer for long periods of time, we suggest taking frequent breaks. Every 20 minutes, focus your eyes on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Invest in tinted or filtered lenses. We can prescribe special tinted or filtered lenses that you can use while working in your office or other bright spaces. These lenses help deflect the bright glare from your computer, improving comfort.
Adjust the monitor settings on your computer. You can increase the text size on your computer to make it easier to read. You can also adjust the brightness of your monitor to a more comfortable setting.
Contact Us for Guidance
If you are suffering from light sensitivity, or any other common symptoms of vertical heterophoria, we highly recommend coming to Neuro Visual Center of New York for a comprehensive Neuro Visual Exam. Our speciality aligning lenses can correct the misalignment in your eyes and drastically enhance your quality of life. Call us today at (516) 224-4888 to schedule an appointment.