Sort have a thing for sunglasses if you have photophobia. All sorts of shades and tints.
I have pretty extreme photophobia. While I have a migraine, well, even a sliver of light can be painful to the extreme but the fact is light is just painful all the time. People with migraines can experience photophobia outside of a migraine attack so I am not unusual in this, but it is also common to have it with fibromyalgia and with visual snow. So I am really not usual in this. It just means I never leave the house without sunglasses and those rose tinted specs do make a difference. And my house is like a cave.
Now aside form the photophobia light is a trigger as well. Light is said to aggravate a migraine because of that damn photophobia for sure but many of us agree that it can also be a trigger. Some researchers believe we are already getting a migraine and it is not a trigger itself. I disagree with this because when I leave the house into that damn ever bright sun I will get a migraine quickly... very quickly. Yes, it will make an existing one worse, but it will also Give me one within about twenty minutes of exposure if I didn't have one at all.
Another reason I would say it is a trigger is because I can say beyond a reasonable doubt that sunlight and bright lights alone will trigger a migraine aura. As in a persistent migraine aura event and not a migraine itself, within seconds of being outside without sunglasses on. Sometimes I take my sunglasses off to see how bright the sparkles are in the sky (that would be blue field entopic phenomena that looks like dancing particles of white light. A normal phenomena many people can see somewhat sometimes, but people with visual snow see all the time very vibrantly for unknown reasons)... and when I do look at the sparkles and amazed at how bright they are within moments I will get a big blob of distortion in the middle of my vision that turns into a specular vortex. Happens if I am outside for moments without glasses. Happens when I wear my lighter sunglasses. It is just so bright it instantly triggers this aura, or this and a line warping effect, or blotches of light. Either way, definitely triggered by light alone. Faster without sunglasses but I notice with sunglasses it still happens but usually delayed by about twenty minutes of driving.
Photophobia is pretty hard to manage when it is constant. I will say that. But I have no control over the auras. However, it does seem like I lessen them by reducing the sunlight I get.