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October 1989

I Have Seen the Light (and It Hurts!)

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Buffalo, NY

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(10):1422. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070020496015

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To the Editor.  —You do not know me; however, I'm sure you've heard of me. I am, by many of your colleagues' standards, the most difficult patient in the world. You see, I am a photophobic. Photophobics are an ophthalmologist's nightmare. We are not equipped to "look into the light" or "look across the room" while a beam of light is shining into our very souls. You may not believe this, but we cannot help it. We are not trying to be difficult; we just fear the light.I was at the ophthalmologist's office yesterday. She was forced to manually hold my eyelids open. This is not new to me, yet she acted as if this had never occurred before in her practice. After several drops and dyes and colored lights, my flinches of immense discomfort turned into a moan I just could not contain. She hastily flicked off her

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