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Flickering Lights and Sensitive Eyes

The trees are shaking violently in a windstorm and are casting ever-moving shadows on the house and windows. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but to my sensitive eyes, the flickering looks like a strobe light. With a migraine, that’s a terrible, terrible sight.

I’m looking forward to sunset and hoping that the electricity doesn’t go out. I’m not sure I could handle the whole house lit by (flickering) candles. For now, I’m going to lie on the couch with a pillow across my eyes.

Who knew leaves and branches could affect my neurological system like this?

5 Responses to Flickering Lights and Sensitive Eyes

  1. Sara says:

    I live in the Pacific Northwest, too, and this windy change in weather is wreaking havoc on my head. I realllllly want this to end soon! Hope you feel better quickly!

  2. PamC says:

    The light isn’t as bad for me as the pressure change. This time of year is hell for me.

  3. Angel says:

    *Hugs* Flickering lights are awful for me too. Police lights especially….and I have a hard time watching some of my favorite entertainment news shows because they show too many clips of the papparazzi–lots of flickering flashbulbs.

    I have to close my eyes and cover them with my hands.

    I hope you’re feeling better (go away storm!)

  4. Warren says:

    The worst for me is driving while the sun is low on the horizon and there are trees on the side of the road – passing very quickly from shadow to bright sunlight from the side while trying to look ahead.

    Second worst is computer monitors – CRTs anyway. LCDs seem better.

  5. Karen says:

    Warren, that is the worst for me too, the sunlight passing through the trees. Shutting my eyes only makes it worse. A pillow would probably help though if I am not driving, that is. I feel like I am going through a war zone. Does anyone have a visceral reaction to flickering lights? I immediately feel it in my “gut”.

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