Inside my house (which I have fashioned into a "cave"), my symptoms are more subdued.
Stepping outside, the world becomes an intense flashing white landscape that is void of color and detail.
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As you know so well, it's one thing to read a description of autoimmune retinopathy, and quite another to actually live with these symptoms, especially extreme light sensitivity. Leann Gibson: The best comparison I can think of would be looking through the static on a television screen.
I am always on the hunt for "fitovers" and discovered that I can purchase them from almost any retailer that sells sunglasses.
MD: What strategies and techniques have you learned to use for indoor lighting?
Working as an optometric assistant, I was able to gain first-hand experience with all of the different lens tints that are available.
Each color option has varying attributes for a range of lighting conditions.
These include contrast, color balance, and the percentage of light that is transmitted through the lens.
The most valuable piece of advice I can give is to find an eye doctor's office (either an ophthalmologist or an optometrist) or a local blindness or low vision agency that has these options and see what works best for you.