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I Am Sensitive to the Light

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    Aargh It Burns

    Although i burn easily in sunny weather that doesnt bother me much, what does bother me is that im practically blind without shades in sunny weather. I have to keep dimming the light or my eyes water over. and that sucks period
    SocioStranger SocioStranger 22-25, M 3 Responses Jun 8, 2010

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    My Eyes Tell Me So

    I have macular degeneration. As time continues, exposure to uv light can cause my eyes to progressively lose sight. I'm hoping for a cure, a surgey, or something that would keep me from losing my vision.
    joncoffy joncoffy 26-30, M Nov 19, 2013

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    Eye Injury

    Sixteen years ago, I was playing in a soccer game, I was defending, and from ten feet away the opponent took a shot. I couldn't turn fast enough, and the ball got me square in the eye. My eye took 100% of the hit, because I didn't even get a black eye from it. People saw that...
    Lucidblue Lucidblue 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 19, 2011

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    I Don't Know When It Started

    Sometime after I had my second child I think. The sun, the computer screen being to bright, high watt bulbs, camera flashes. They just all screw with my eyes. I even tend to get spots in my eyes that drive me crazy. Especially when I go camera crazy and start taking a bunch of...
    brwneyedbeauty brwneyedbeauty 18-21, F Jan 17, 2009

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    For As Long As I Can Remember

    I have always been sensitive to the light...just my eyes. I can never go outside without my sunglasses. My son is starting to be the same way. I gotta love my sunglasses...cant live without em!
    SensualButterfly SensualButterfly 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 3, 2009

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    Light Hurts My Eyes....

    I Have been sensitive to light most of my life...it has only gotten worse now that I am 38. I work in an office building and there are so many light above my head...my eyes water if I am under those lights for too long. I have to wear sunglasses at my desk at work. They took did...
    preciousHrt preciousHrt 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2012

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    Lsd + All Day Snowboarding + No Goggles =

    Yeah, bad combo. I couldn't open my eyes for 3 days. I'm talkin, I couldn't even tell if the light was on or off. I thought I was blind. All I know is, I took two hits, went boarding and after I had got home that night & went to sleep, I woke up in the middle of the night, in...
    bdmthrfkr bdmthrfkr 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 6, 2012

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    I'm Not Alone!

    Great to find this group! I've never had a friend or even an acquaintance with this problem.  It seems like no big deal to people who don't have this problem, but you know how painful this can be.  No barbecues, no beach trips with friends...  So many important...
    kaoseris kaoseris 61-65, F 2 Responses Jun 6, 2009

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    Any Kind Of Light.

    Ever since my eyesight started going bad, I've had huge issues with light. When I was around eight or nine, my prescription glasses had rose tint to them to try and cut the glare from flourescent lighting, because I was having terrible difficulty at school. I don't get the tint...
    Trinea Trinea 26-30 1 Response Jul 13, 2010

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    Red Skin

    It's my skin, it's too pale, I'm not a light person, i prefer twilight and dusk, or night and shadows. I should live in the arctic for half the year and in the antarctic for the other half but my survival skills are poor, i'd be eaten by a polar bear or mugged...
    AtomicWater AtomicWater 41-45, F Jun 8, 2010

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    It Would Be Sexier If I Were a Vampire,

     but I am not. LOL My skin and eyes are photosensitive for two main reasons. First, I am fair-skinned. Second, I take certain medicines on a routine basis which cause photo sensitivity. There have been times when I suffered heat stroke due to exposure; the dizzyness...
    RubyTewes RubyTewes 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 31, 2009

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    I Don't Know Why

    I haven't always been sensitive to the light, it seemed to come on suddenly. My optician told me that there was nothing wrong with my eyes and it might be due to my medication, I then came off my medication but months on I am still really sensitve to the light. I look like i'm...
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 31, 2008

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    Photosensitivity and Amyopathic Dermatomyositis

    I was diagnosed with virally-triggered Amyopathic Dermatomyositis.  I played tennis indoors only to find that the indoor lighting is as bad or worse than sunlight!  Worse, fluorescent and mercury lighting are everywhere!  My rash does not seem to be helped by using...
    LongIslandFem LongIslandFem 56-60 Jan 16, 2009

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    To D Light

    I am sensitive to the light when I have a migraine.  The dark is all I want when I'm in one of those state..
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 23, 2011

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    Light Sensitivity.

    both my eyes and skin are poorly suited to light - i sunburn easily and i have rather extreme photosensitivity, so i even end up wearing sunglasses indoors at night. fortunately nobody has ever asked me anything about that 
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 24, 2009

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    I can't stand the bright sunlight in the

    morning. Especially when the curtains aren't particularly good which let in so much light, which I had during a time in my life. I would cover myself with something over my eyes every day. It hurt even with my eyes closed. I tried even using towels for a while to cover the...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 Oct 13

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    Vampire? Maybe. Lol

    Without the whole blood thirsty need for biting people though. LOL J/K I have extremely fair skin and medium blonde hair. I burn to a crisp anytime I get in the sun for too long. Plus my eyes are extremely sensitive and I usually walk around looking like a blind bat...
    Skyelillie Skyelillie 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 29, 2008

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    Bright Lights, Bright Lights!!

    I have to wear sunglasses in the swimming pool on holiday!! I'm a bit like a Gremlin.
    MissTom MissTom 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 30, 2008

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    It Hurts!

    When my eyes are first exposed to sunlight, it sometimes causes an ache behind my eyeballs. I wonder if this happens to other people is it just an alien thing? 
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 18, 2011

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    Ow

    Sometimes when I go out in the sunlight, the backs of my eyeballs get a bad ache. Anyone else experience this? Weird.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 9, 2009

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    Someone Please Turn Off the Light!

    I've always been sensitive to light. I keep the brightness on my monitor down low and I prefer low watt light bulbs. I don't like sitting in pitch black, but it's better for my eyes so I do it when I can. Natural light from the sun is killer to my eyes too; but I'm too stubborn...
    mimsy2 mimsy2 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 31, 2008

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    Sweetiel3elle Sweetiel3elle 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    In college my friends would often confide with me for emotional support and advice. I didn't mind, but back then I didn't realize that I was actually taking on an incredible burden...
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    Once upon a time I used to have low self esteem and low self confidence. It's not that I'm now high on these things but I went through a process in my mid to late twenties that...
    doomedtolive doomedtolive 41-45, M 7 Responses Nov 8

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    Ok for me to a degree I am a sensitive person in which I'm sensitive to those im close to and when they are in pain so am I as I tend to feel what they feel and in some cases I end...
    xxSTEVE7xx xxSTEVE7xx 31-35, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Being sensitive is not the same as being weak. Your crying at everything and being submissive to people who use you don't necessarily make you a sensitive person. Sensitive people...
    postporno postporno 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 25

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    There are different aspects of me that are sensitive. One of the most challenging is my sensitive sense of smell. Doesn't seem like it should be much of an issue, right? The...
    yourvoluptuousbaby yourvoluptuousbaby 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 2

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    I've always been very sensitive at at times that can make me more dramatic then people are willing to underatand. well recently I was sort of pressured to kiss this guy for a...
    secretsinwhispers secretsinwhispers 16-17, F 5 Responses Nov 11

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    Maybe a little too sensitive and nice. My therapist says its a gift. I tried to not be nice and sensitive, but that didn't work. I just don't have a mean heart. And being too nice...
    CreoleItalianwoman CreoleItalianwoman 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I been seeing sparkles of light, mists, energy and so on as I described in my last post. Lately the severity of these experiences has increased and I am a little lost as to what to...
    Elalala Elalala 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 3

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    Being near the water as the wild waves crash the shore, the full moon lighting the clear blue sky and breathing in the clean crisp air makes for the best evenings. The native in me...
    Indigolesbian70 Indigolesbian70 41-45, F 8 Responses Nov 6

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    My love is 23 years older than me. We met a few years ago online via mutual spiritual interests. It was totally platonic but I broke off contact due to doing other things in my...
    bettecc11 bettecc11 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 16

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    I didn't exactly know how to feel when I read about HSP. It felt as if I was reading my emotional autobiography. I've always been quite a sensitive and emotional person but now...
    IthinksoIam IthinksoIam 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29

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    I am a sensitive person. I have done many things in my life to protect myself. Many of my efforts to protect myself have created problems for me. I am now determined to create a...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 7

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    I recently stumbled upon one of the books, Chicken Soup for the Couples' Soul while sifting items in my grandmothers home, to help her move. It is a series of books that can...
    joydream joydream 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 8

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    Sometimes I thinks I've born as a lamb with a wolves fur. people always treat me as a tough guy. but the fact is the opposite. I weep everytims I see, watch or reads even when i...
    Weepinguy Weepinguy 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 9

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    For me the worst part about being an HSP is my need for downtime. When you pick up on so many details and process them so deeply, your body requires extra time to rest to recover...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 9

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    i am a very sensitive man. some try to say this is a sign of weekness, i think its a sign of strength. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I take alot to heart. i cry at sad...
    Lancerdude Lancerdude 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 11

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    yes I'm over sensitive. I cry when **** upsets me, I rage when things make me angry I Love to intensely. I think being sensitive makes us vulnerable to people who lack empathy.
    JadeMarieWhalleySeale JadeMarieWhalleySeale 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    But not overly sensitive. I have sensitive; Skin,feelings and the paranormal.
    roxrockman roxrockman 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I hate it but I'm so sensitive .-. I let stupid things get to me and ruin my mood for the full day. Gone a full week with no time to myself and it's just taking it's toll on me. I...
    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 25

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    I'm a wuss little ***** and I'm not ashamed. If its okay for women to be really sensitive then its okay for me. I admit I cry about things men supposedly aren't supposed to cry...
    Cetacean Cetacean 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 25

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    I am extremely sensitive and it is the worst possible thing to be in my opinion. Everyday, the slightest of critique just make me sad and self cautious. It's a curse!
    mostlikely33 mostlikely33 16-17, F 6 Responses Oct 25

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    My daughter see's animal spirits and I can't see them. I've always been very sensitive to spirits and for a large part of my life I feared them because of something dark that I...
    meshbegin meshbegin 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 28

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    I know that I'm too sensitive. The smallest things bother me. Today I was trying to show my friend a page that she might like of the same book we were reading and she yelled at me...
    euphorian euphorian 16-17, F Oct 31

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    the hubby got up late for work today so he was rushing out the door. He was trying to leave ASAP that he forgot to tell me I LOVE YOU and TO GIVE ME A KISS BEFORE HE LEFT now...
    misslopez misslopez 22-25, F 23 Responses Nov 2

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    Sensitive People Often End Up Getting used!
    liza1996 liza1996 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 2

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    I easily get affected to see pains of people and easily get moved by emotional things.I observe a lot and I care about people.I am easily hurt by rudeness.I hope I become less...
    genuineangel genuineangel 16-17, F 6 Responses Nov 2