There are over 40 million people in the U.S. that (for one medical reason or another) are very sensitive to light, and especially the brightness of the sun, and glare. The millions of migraine headache suffers are probably the largest single group of photophobic people in the U.S.A.. In addition, there are over 100 million photophobic people in the world today.
This large group, of unfortunate people, are reclusive as a result of hyper sensitivity to light, and especially the sun. They stay indoors, in the shadows, surrounded by darkness for good reason. They experience pain, nausea, severe headaches, eye and facial tension, and different degrees of sickness based on the circumstances. Their plight can be debilitating, which effects their ability to work, go to school, shop for necessities, and literally curtails their ability to function in normal, everyday life situations. Photophobia can be for a short period of time, or last a lifetime.
Eye sensitive people have difficulty finding sunglasses that are dark enough, or work well enough to protect their eyes properly, or sufficiently. Ninety nine percent of all sunglass companies are primarily based, and focused on fashion or style. They have overlooked, and neglected these special people with such severe eye sensitivity that their lives are greatly impacted negatively on a daily basis. They cannot go to work, school, shopping, or most outdoor social events. They are subject to great pain, eye strain, facial tension, migraine headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and some experience convulsions. There are over 351 causes of photophobia from migraine headaches, concussions, meningitis, eye surgery, head or eye trauma, to prescription drugs, alcohol, or even albinism. It is a huge list of most causes that is referenced below.
The presence and awareness of Photophobia is well known in the medical community, governmental agencies, and many other organizations. Unfortunately, there is no health organization, independent charities, foundations, or any other social group that is championing their needs, or their causes. Outside of the medical community, there is no one helping to co-ordinate, or find good solutions, that provide help, or relief to their lifestyle and the many issues facing them daily.
Aside from their medical doctors, photophobia sufferers are left alone to fend for themselves as they navigate through this “unbearably bright world” we live in. They feel ostracized from much of society because they cannot function in the sunshine like others do, and they feel trapped to live in darkness as a consequence of their dilemma. It is very sad, and sometimes a very lonely existence to many photohobic people that are our neighbors.
The good news is that there is help available for psychological, and social counseling as well as a host of other programs, and benefits to these special people. I am proposing a non-profit, charitable organizational to be established to facilitate the betterment of this group of people. We will gather help that is needed, and point the way to a more normal way of life.
We can act as a liaison between insurance companies, government agencies, charitable organizations, the medical community, and many other sources of help to these disabled neighbors of ours on a collective, centralized basis.
We can co-ordinate all the resources available to the individuals or special groups of photophobic patients into a centralized location to facilitate their different needs at one location, and direct the different patients to the proper help, and authorities.