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Workplace Accommodations for Light Sensitivity

Light sensitivity, or photophobia, is often a symptom of certain medical conditions. This can mean you’re sensitive to sunlight or bright lighting. You might also be sensitive to certain types of light, like the fluorescent lights found in many workplaces.

What reasonable workplace accommodations are you entitled to?

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Lupus Photosensitivity: Fluorescent Lighting Can Intensify Symptoms and Trigger Flares

Most people are aware of the importance of protecting their skin from the damaging effects of the sun. We accept that the sun’s UV rays cause premature aging, skin damage, and increase our risk of developing skin cancer.

While a good percentage of us are diligent about protecting our skin while basking in direct sunlight, we feel protected from the effects of UV radiation while indoors.

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Migraines at Work: Recognizing and Resolving Triggers

While there are many medications to treat migraine pain, or reduce the frequency of episodes, medical intervention alone is unlikely to prevent them. Doctors commonly advise people living with migraines to avoid their migraine triggers, the environmental stimuli that send symptoms into overdrive.

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What Is Photophobia?

Photophobia is not a fear of having your photo taken, or a fear of cameras, or of looking at pictures, or of photosynthesis occurring. Photophobia is defined as an abnormal sensitivity to light. Those suffering from photophobia may experience pain, headaches, and suffer from co-morbid conditions such as anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Sensitivity to light can be exacerbated by fluorescent lighting.

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