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Am I causing long term damage by wearing dark glasses?

I have photophobia and need to wear dark polarised sunglasses all day. Though with enough analgesia, can manage without them (resist the pain caused and bear with the pain of light sensitivity), in both artificial and sunlight, for the purpose of being sociable/approachable i.e. work meetings/holidays etc. Am I causing long term damage to my eyes or increasing sensitivity?
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  • betty


    I do not think that you will cause any long term damage to your eyes by wearing these dark glasses. You may have an increase in sensitivity if you stopped wearing them, but this would be temporary.
  • cazik


    The best way to treat photophobia is to address the underlying cause. In most cases, if you treat the underlying cause, the sensitivity levels decrease and the photophobia disappears. If the photophobia is due to medications, talking with your prescribing doctor about changing medications could help.Another solution is to reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes. Dimming or turning off indoor lights, closing window curtains, and wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses are all things you can do at home to help your situation. A prosthetic contact lens that mimics the color of your eye can also be used. In some cases, avoiding bright light situations altogether could be the only solution. Inform your eye doctor about any issues you may have, including sensitivity to light, even if you believe your case is mild. So wearing dark glasses will not cause long term damage.