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Bright Lights Post-Stroke

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

This post comes from many questions about bright lights after a stroke that I have received. Dr. Elyse Newland, OT provides some great information on this subject. I hope this helps! Check out her YouTube channel here, very helpful!

"Photophobia, or hypersensitivity to light, is a part of sensory overload that can happen after a stroke. If the part of your brain that interprets and processes visual information was affected by a stroke, this can result in visual issues including light hypersensitivity. It can also happen as a result of other neurological conditions like chronic migraine. So what can you do to lessen the effects of sensory overload related to light hypersensitivity?
  • Invest in a good pair of sunglasses and wear them anytime you're outside.

  • Keep the visor down in the car when driving/riding.

  • Use blackout curtains in your bedroom.

  • Keep blinds or curtains semi-closed.

  • Use lamps instead of overhead lights, or keep overhead lights dimmed.

  • Use warm lightbulbs versus cool lightbulbs.

  • Wear a hat that shades the eyes when outside.

  • Lower brightness settings on your TV, computer, phones, and tablets.

Take care, Elyse"

Medical Disclaimer: All content is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for medical advice or treatment from a qualified healthcare provider.


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