I hope everyone’s well and is recovering from the Christmas & New Year disruption and activity!
Today I wanted to share a fab guest post by John on the subject of migraines. He covers issues of light sensitivity and photophobia, with scientific underpinnings showing how migraine glasses can help in managing migraines. Enjoy the post! 🙂
If you suffer from migraines, you have probably seen some talk about migraine glasses. Migraine glasses apparently are great for reducing migraine symptoms and blocking out lights that trigger attacks. Sure, the name sounds convincing enough, but do migraine glasses actually work for people with migraines?
For the answer, we turn to science.
Before we dive into the studies, let’s briefly go over how migraine glasses actually work.
Our eyes take in a wide spectrum of light. Lightwaves with different frequencies and lengths have different “colors.” Red light and blue light, for example, have different frequencies and may cause different reactions when our eyes absorb them.
Blue light and UV lights can trigger migraines and photophobia, or light sensitivity. (Photophobia doesn’t mean you’re afraid of lights or photos…it just means you’re extra sensitive and exposure can lead to headaches, dry eye, eye spasms, or a spectrum of other awful symptoms.)
Migraine glasses specifically filter out these lightwaves and help to reduce symptoms throughout patients with different levels of sensitivity. Rather than blocking out all types of light and causing increased sensitivity later on (ehem, indoor sunglasses,) migraine glasses can be worn indoors or outdoors to only block triggering lightwaves.
So…do they work?
They Reduce Light Sensitivity Symptoms For Many Patients
In short, yes! Migraine glasses help many types of people who are affected by blue and UV light.
One study revealed that patients with wide array light hypersensitivity found relief with migraine glasses; another study showed that patients with benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) also benefited from migraine glasses.
Migraine glasses were able to effectively reduce the following symptoms in patients with light sensitivity:
- High blink rate
- Eye spasms
- Eye strain
- Overall light sensitivity
Patients with BEB and photosensitivity often experience similar symptoms to people with photophobia and migraines. FL-41 glasses provide equal-opportunity relief for people with many types of light sensitivity.
Migraine Glasses Can Even Help the Blind
Another revealing study looked at blind participants who suffer from light sensitivity and migraines. There are different levels of blindness; even if the participants could not see what was in front of them, they would still react if a bright light was shone in their face. Bright lights can increase light sensitivity and migraine symptoms even if you are blind. It’s important for migraineurs to take note and choose lenses that help to filter out these bright lights and triggering lightwaves.
You May Have Light Sensitivity and You Don’t Know It
You may not be a child and you may not be blind. You may not even have photophobia – or do you?
Photophobia and migraines are closely linked. They are so close that many people often say that they have migraines and call it a day. One study showed that while 24% of patients said they did not experience light sensitivity symptoms during a migraine, over 93% actually did.
Turns out, you may be photophobic and you don’t even know it.
Whether you just experience regular migraines or have a condition that is linked to light sensitivity, you may be able to find relief with FL-41 glasses.
Author : John Martinez
[ This is a sponsored guest post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author.]