My workplace switched the overhead lighting from a warm colored lightbulb to a very bright white/blue light, both fluorescent, about six months ago. I had absolutely no problems with the old lighting, but this new lighting is making my life miserable. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, but as soon as I got into work on Monday morning, my symptoms started, and as soon as I got home, and especially well into the weekend, my symptoms abated. These symptoms include eye pain/burning...like a sunburn, eye aching, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and an overall flu-like ill feeling.
This new lighting seems to have lowered my tolerance for other lighting similar to this color temperature as well, I now get these same symptoms in certain grocery stores, department stores, big-box stores...any where that there is bright-white fluorescent lighting.
I know it isn't a 'fluorescent lighting' thing, since I was perfectly fine with the lighting before, and I still have CFLs in my home that are 'warm white' that do not bother me. I know it has something to do with the color temperature and the difference between the warmer light and the cooler light. I have been seen by multiple eye Drs who can see no physical problems. Is the next step to go to a neurologist? What do I need to do to start making my life more comfortable?
Make sure you have seen ophthalmologists and not just optometrists. If this is the case and you don't have cataracts or inflammation in your eyes, you may want to consult with a neurologist that specializes in headache syndromes/migraines to see what they think. Your symptoms are unusual for any type fo light exposure and may represent a subtype of migraine etc.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.