Light Sensitivity and Therapy for Migraine

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Key Questions
  • Is migraine the only headache disorder that has light sensitivity as a symptom?
  • Is light sensitivity a premonitory symptom or is it a trigger of migraine?
  • Is light sensitivity a chronic condition?
  • Is light sensitivity something that can develop from another condition, such as concussion?
  • What causes light sensitivity?
  • Should people with light sensitivity completely avoid the light, or is it better to learn to adapt to it?
  • What protections are there for people with light sensitivity?
  • Should people with light sensitivity keep their home environments dark at all times?
  • How can you tell the difference between photophobia as a trigger and as a premonitory symptom?
  • Are tinted lenses helpful?
  • When should someone with photophobia see a specialist?
  • What kind of specialist should they see?
  • Are the CGRP medications helpful to those with light sensitivity?
  • Is our modern world of excessive screen time and “Zoom fatigue” causing more photophobia?
  • How can someone tell that their photophobia might be chronic
Interview Notes
Deborah Friedman

Deborah Friedman, MD, MPH, FAAN

Professor of Neurology & Ophthalmology
UT Southwestern

Deborah I. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor in the department of neurology and the department of ophthalmology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. A neuro-ophthalmologist, Dr. Friedman is chief of the division of headache medicine, and the founding director of UT Southwestern’s Headache and Facial Pain Program.  Dr. Friedman is board certified in neurology, with subspecialty certification in headache medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.  Dr. Friedman is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.

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