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Light sensitivity
Mar 15, 2007

Hi, how are you? I am currently taking Atripla and Dapsone. On Mar. 13, 2007 I noticed that my right had an extreme sensitivity to light. So much so that my physical reaction was to get away from the light all together and my symptoms only became worse @ night. This morning when I woke up and tried to be in the light (natural) I have noticed the pain has tapered down dramatically, but their is still noticeable discomfort. Also I noticed that even when I completely cover my right eye any light that is recieved into my left transfers pain into my right as if both eyes were un-covered. Is this a reaction to my medicines? P.S. I wear glasses as well... I can not see things from far away.

Response from Dr. Henry

Dapsone can cause a light hypersensitivity that is usually reported as a problem for skin exposure but sometimes patients have complained of eye sensitivity. I recommend discussing with your HIV specialist and consider seeing an opthalmologist if eye complaints persist/worsen. KH

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