Many people live with photophobia for years before recognizing the dramatic impact it has taken on their life. Through no fault of their own, it is often hard to pinpoint the cause of this type of chronic light sensitivity, especially if they have not yet received adequate diagnosis or treatment for any underlying condition.
Juliette from North Carolina can absolutely relate to this experience, having endured the struggles of long-term light sensitivity since middle school.
"I had difficulty focusing and always felt lethargic with headaches, resulting in anxiety," she said. "All throughout college I wore a baseball cap in class or whenever I was working in the lab as a biochemistry and botany researcher."
A huge step forward for her was the realization that fluorescent lights regularly instigated her symptoms, but it was not until she began working as a medical scribe that her photophobia became more of a hindrance. Much of her role included staring at the computer for hours on end, which meant constant exposure to the blue light from screens. And she had several of the telltale signs:
It did not take long for Juliette to realize that she had to make a change.
"After 3 days of working, coming home exhausted, climbing under my comforter, and turning all of the lights off the second I got home, I realized I couldn’t continue this job if I felt this horrible afterwards," she said. "I immediately jumped on the computer and researched [TheraSpecs].
Her Audrey indoor glasses arrived shortly thereafter, and she was able to wear them at work the next day. She knew right away that they would be a difference maker.
"They’ve completely changed the way I feel at the computer, and I’ve had so much more energy and much less stress throughout the entire day. My symptoms are gone."
Now, Juliette is looking forward to starting med school this summer. Prior to finding TheraSpecs, she feared that the fluorescent and artificial light exposure in class would leave her with tired, achy eyes and ultimately affect her academic performance. But now she does not have those worries! And we want to wish her the best in her studies; we greatly appreciate the work of those in our medical community who, like Juliette, are working hard to improve patients’ lives. It is wonderful that TheraSpecs can be an integral part of her relief toolkit!