Photophobia, or light sensitivity, is often reported for autism, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome or other tic disorders.
In a 2014 survey of adults with ADHD, 69% reported being visually oversensitive to light. It is well known that sensory overload is common in individuals with autism, and light sensitivity is among those reactions. A parent’s letter below is typical of reports we receive about tics and exposure to light.
While there is little information on remedies for photophobia for these conditions beyond avoidance of aggravating light sources, there are some approaches people can try to hopefully reduce reactions.