Symptom: Photophobia

Photophobia: Dislike, sensitivity or avoidance of bright light
Introduction: Photophobia (literally "light-fear") is the dislike of bright light. Its cause can range from causes such as hangover or migraine to severe potentially-fatal conditions such as meningitis and meningococcal disease. Hence, photophobia is a symptom that needs immediate professional medical advice and treatment.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Photophobia:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Photophobia (21 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Photophobia (30 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Symptoms related to Photophobia: stiff neck (25), eye symptoms (199), vision changes (114)
    Photophobia type of: Eye symptoms (199), Sensations (211)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Photophobia: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Photophobia as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Photophobia: The following list of conditions have 'Photophobia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


  • Barbiturate abuse ... light sensitivity
  • Benign essential blepharospasm ... light sensitivity
  • Benzodiazepine abuse ... light sensitivity
  • Blepharitis ... light sensitivity (photophobia)


  • Cataracts ... sensitivity to light
  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome ... light sensitivity
  • Classic migraine ... light sensitivity
  • Common migraine ... light sensitivity
  • Conjunctivitis ... light sensitivity
  • Corneal abrasion ... light sensitivity
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome ... light sensitivity


  • Encephalitis ... photophobia (abnormal light sensitivity)
  • Eye foreign body ... light sensitivity


  • Glanders ... light sensitivity
  • Glaucoma ... sensitivity to light, difficulty adjusting to brightness


  • Hangover ... photophobia
  • Hemophilus influenzae B ... photophobia


  • Keratitis ... light sensitivity


  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis ... photophobia


  • Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy. ... sensitivity to light
  • Measles ... light sensitivity
  • Melioidosis ... photophobia
  • Meningitis ... photophobia
  • Meningococcal disease ... photophobia
  • Migraine ... light sensitivity


  • Open-angle glaucoma ... difficulty adjusting to brightness


  • Preeclampsia ... sensitivity to light


  • Rabies ... light sensitivity


  • Trichinosis ... light sensitivity


  • Viral meningitis ... photophobia

    Last revised: Nov 21, 2003

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