Only a few people actually know that I suffer from bouts of photophobia (light sensitivity of the eyes). I really have to get this condition checked and officially diagnosed but I keep forgetting because I get serious bouts only up to about two to three times a year. These serious ’bouts’ or phases only lasts for a few days or a week so by the time I plan to get it checked, it disappears.
I thought I’d right a bit about it today because I haven’t been blogging as often as I should, specifically because I have been experiencing a serious phase of photophobia lately. It’s affecting my work, because sitting in front of the computer for a prolonged period of time makes me feel sick, and gives me a headache.
On a normal day, I have my monitor’s brightness level all the way down to 0%. Recently I’ve been dealing with graphics a lot so I’ve had to bring it up to about 50-80% and this is how the eye trouble begins. I think it’s got a lot to do with my new-ish monitor, which is not really a monitor but a TV that just doubles as one. So if I bring the brightness level down to 0%, it actually ‘kills’ the dark colours and images appear almost black in colour. So it’s impossible to work with graphics on the lowest brightness level.
A few months ago when I did my medical test for the learner’s permit (for driving) the doctor tested my eyes but only the vision part. He didn’t test my eyes’ sensitivity to light. Which is really odd because sometimes while driving, the drivers on the opposite road might not dim their lights and this might potentially affect my performance on the road.
So anyway, that would explain my reason for avoiding being online lately.