Bright lights


Posted by cliff (Cliff Gilinsky,cliff), Jul 06,2001,23:09   Archive
Can anyone tell me if constant exposure to bright lights (mercury vapor 400 to 1000 watts) will speed up the progression of Blepharospasm? Thanks, Cliff



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Re : Bright lights --- cliff
Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Jul 07,2001,10:33 Top of Thread Archive
Hi Cliff, There are a number or things that can trigger worsening of symptoms of Blepharospasm, bright lights being one of them for some people. Some people with BEB would be unable to work under these lighting conditions while others could. I don't think that any of us could say with any certainty whether it would or could cause "progression" of Blepharospasm. It would only be a guess.
Stress, lighting, loud noises, people talking and staring directly at us, wind, dry eyes, etc., will cause our eyes to worsen. Is it temporary or something that causes progression of the disorder? Blepharospasm is termed a chronic disorder meaning that it is progressive in nature. Personally, I feel that there are things that can cause it to progress at a faster rate. I don't know of any studies being done in this area, though.
Certainly there are things that can make our symptoms worse and these things should be minimized as much as possible. I believe that certain accommodations have to be made for you in the work environment.

Did my contact lenses play a role in the progression of my BEB?
Did stress in my life play a role?
I think that many factors can worsen our condition but I don't think that your question can be answered in a yes or no response. My gut tells me yes it could or does but it is only an opinion.

Others may comment on this and tell you how they feel about the possibility of this or likelihood.

Shirley in AR.




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Posted by Moderator-JB , Jul 07,2001,11:34 Top of Thread Archive
Cliff:

Mercury vapor and flourescent are the worst offenders in the area of light that I know of. Whether it can speed progression up, I couldn't say. As for myself, being under that type of lighting guarantees a complete shutdown of both eyes within a few minutes time.

Judy




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Posted by Sally - in - Idaho , Jul 07,2001,19:25 Top of Thread Archive
I have the same reaction as Judy: eyes meet those lights, eyes go on strike and shut down.

Sally in North Idaho




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Posted by Shirley-Arkansas-USA , Jul 08,2001,14:10 Top of Thread Archive
Cliff,
You might want to look at the link that I posted for Coleen, today. It talks about telling your employer about your condition and such and the legal ramifications of disabilities and the workplace. If you have already checked it out, sorry to repeat myself.

Shirley




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Posted by Kelly Saffell , Jul 09,2001,20:23 Top of Thread Archive
Bright lights give me a problem but not like most people I've heard on the bb. Sunlight is a different story however. My eyes completely shut down in natural light without my sunglasses and even then they spasm quite often. I keep my blinds closed year round and hate to sit by a window.



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Posted by Virginia , Jul 09,2001,20:51 Top of Thread Archive
Sunlight is a problem for me, too. I wear sunglasses every time I go outside for any reason. I pick out places in restaurants that face away from the window so I don't have to eat with my glasses on. I've always liked sunlight, so this has been a big adjustment for me.

Enjoy the pool time with those kids - seems like no time at all since I was doing that with mine, and they are both adults now (I guess you can call a 21-year old an adult - moms have trouble with that).

Virginia in AL




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