I have been to eye doctor a few times. The first time they put me on Alrex a type of steroid to remove inflammation. That made my light sensitivity go away completely until I ran out of drops anyways. So it looks like the problem is something else since now the inflammation is completely gone and they say my eyes look fine except for a little dryness. Did you find anything that helped?
I am trying a few different things as I really don’t want to go back on the drops as long time use can cause other problems...
I tried a lot of things before reading about ES a couple of years ago. Actually, the first memories I have of it were closer to 25 years ago.
I got no benefit from sleep masks. The first things I found that helped were:
- "Indoor/outdoor" sunglasses that are very slightly mirrored. They helped more than I expected for how transparent they are. I wore Elvex SG-200 safety glasses (which have that coating and look like sunglasses) at my old job and I still wear them when biking.
- Putting a wet washcloth over my eyes. (I found that accidentally when I came back once from a long bike ride and cleaned up and went to rest. The sun was shining into my window, so I grabbed a damp towel out of my hamper and put it over my eyes, which made a big difference. I wasn't sleeping well at the time, so it was to hard to ignore and I kept using it for years before reading about ES.)
I think for me it's probably ES-related, but it sounds as though you're not sure if your sensitivity is. The damp cloth is easy to try and won't hurt anything, so that might narrow it down.
I, too, am on the somewhat extreme side of light sensitivity. It became evident at a young age while growing up in sunny Florida. A few rooms in my house make me want a pair of sunglasses on sunny days. I usually wear those big plastic blue-light blocking glasses when watching TV or on the computer as my vision goes blurry quickly if I don't. I find those blue light-blocking glasses comfortable outside, but when removing them it takes a little while for the color vision to go back to normal after wearing them outdoors.