Light sensitivity

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Hi all,

I was diagnosed with CFS Sept 2015 after experiencing symptoms since Sept 2014. I am looking for some advice. I have real trouble looking screens, it makes me feel almost dizzy and I wouldn't call it pain but it I find it uncomfortable in my eyes.I have had a thorough eye test so I know there's nothing wrong there.  I was just wondering how many of you experience this kind of sensation and how  you deal with it. I am struggling to continue with my PhD studies as a result of my CFS and I find my difficulties with screens means that on good days when I try to work my difficulties with screens makes it even more challenging.

I have tried to turn my brightness down but it hasn't had much of an impact. 

Does anyone experience this/ have any suggestions?

Thanks! :-)

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    Check the screen refresh rate, and wherever possible have it above 60hz i always found 75 to be a good setting. check with red green balance i found that helped... use a baseball cap to cut out ambient lights (also good with migraines) oddly i never found sunglasses or polaroids to help much but try it it may help you. Be careful driving dawn and dusk that twilight may not be so good for you to see in oddly dark or daylight are ok but the inbetween bit i often find "scary"  
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      Thanks for the suggestions! Apparently 60hz is the max for my laptop so I'm going to borrow my boyfriend's and see I manage better on his. Yeah, I have stopped driving completely since becoming unwell - I just don't feel I'd be safe on the road at all and I ride a motorbike so I'm not willing to risk it. Thanks again for your suggestions, much appreciated!
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    Hi Toni,

    Yes I'm sensitive to light also and limit my screen time. There used to be a fantastic device that reduced glare. It was a screen you put in front of the computer screen- Maybe they still make them? Also, if you wear glasses, you can get an anti reflective coating that could help you. I also use my phone on minimal light to do alot of my work.

    Hope that helps

    Beverley

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    I am sensitive to light. It's a symptom of the illness. I also have pain and dryness in my eyes when I'm tired. It gets worse if I don't do anything to relieve it. Laying down and taking a nap helps most of the time.

    When I look at a computer screen and it hurts my eyes or everything is blurry it's my clue to go lay down or sleep. When I overdue or push myself is when this happens and it tells me to stop what I'm doing, rest, sleep and go back to it when feeling better.

    Unfortunately with this illness I have to let my body tell me how my day will go. I can't listen to my mind cause my mind wants to be health. This is one of the reasons I can't work or do normal things.

    Bonnie

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      Hi Bonnie,

      Yah I also find that I have to take regular rest breaks and usually find my body does a good job of letting me know when. 

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    Get the orange tinted glasses. They block the blue light from electronic screens. Also, you might look into installing F.Lux on your computer. It adjusts the screen to the more tolerable orange hue in the nighttime hours.
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    I am light sensitive, but when I was first diagnosed 10 years into the illness I did not use a computer. It is a big problem light sensitivityIt makes me feel more tired when I am in a situation with light shining in my eyes. It does  make me feel a bit dizzy.
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    I got some amber tinted glasses, which help my eyes when looking at the screen. They're large enough to fit over my regular glasses. A pair might help you. I got mine from the RNIB but they don't appear to have them now but you might find some.

    Eyebright herb and Witch Hazel water are good for the eyes.

    I'm studying for a degree and with all the reading etc I really have to take care of my eyes.

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      Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for some of them. Studying is definitely an extra challenge with this condition - as a fellow student, good luck with your studies! smile
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    Thank you everyone for your suggestions, they're much appreciated!
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