Light sensitivity in people with Light Colored Eyes

Fact or fiction: People with light eyes are more sensitive to sunlight?  Fact.

Photophobia, or light sensitivity, typically affects people with light colored eyes because they have less pigmentation in multiple layers of the eye.

People with darker colored eyes are able to block out the effects of harsh lights much more effectively than people who have blue or green eyes.  Photophobia may cause an individual to have difficulty seeing or focusing in brighter lights, like fluorescent lighting and can also cause pain around the eyes.

There’s good news, though.  Photophobia resulting from a light colored eye is easy to avoid.  Two ways to stay comfortable in bright lights are UV-blocking sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.

Keep in mind, though, that sensitivity to light can also be indicative of a disease, including abnormalities in the structure of the cornea, iris or retina.