Light Sensitivity and Therapy for Migraine
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- 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
Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, FAAN
Professor of Neurology & Ophthalmology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH, is a professor in the departments of neurology and ophthalmology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Friedman is a neuro-ophthalmologist and headache medicine specialist, the founding director of UT Southwestern’s headache and facial pain program. Dr. Friedman is board-certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and 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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