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does eye color effect light sensitivity

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does eye color effect light sensitivity
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 4 years ago.
Hello,

There is a genetic condition called albinism or ocular albinism which is a defect in the pigment. These patients are known to have light sensitivity. In general, however, the answer is no. Caucasian people and those with blue/green eyes have less eye pigment and can be more sensitive to light.

If the light sensitivity is worsening or a recent change, then you should be examined by your ophthalmologist to ensure the sensitivity is not a sign of inflammation in the eyes.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
i have brown eyes, my son has blue. he needs sunglasses in snow and sunlight. i do not. is it because of our eye color?
Expert:  Dr. James replied 4 years ago.

Possible, but if he's not had an eye exam, I would recommend he get one to check for inflammation. There a condition called pars planitis which is inflammation behind the lens and can cause light sensitivity.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
dr james my son's eyes are fine this is a science report. we are having difficulty finding any information on light sensitivity. is there a specific book we can look at about this topic/
Expert:  Dr. James replied 4 years ago.
There is a not a specific book on this topic. Here is an article on light sensitivity.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/lightsensitive.htm


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