New Axon Optics FL-41 Contact Lenses Review

By Michael Fernandez

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A few months ago I sat down down with Steve Blair and Virginia at a New York City restaurant. We spoke about several things: how I’d like to integrate myself into the company and how I’d love to work on creativity and innovation with them. Most importantly, we spoke about new directions the company was taking and Steve offered up a few samples and asked me to send my info for the new contacts they were making. For weeks I slacked on getting Steve my information but he got the lenses back to me in record time after I finally gave them my information.

Holy cow. They work folks! They actually work! At first I was having issues with these contact lenses being painful on the eyes but after a good ol soak in water for a minute then a 30 second shake they are great and could not be more comfortable. I couldn’t wear them for week because I was storing them in acidic cleaning solution (which is why it burned my eyes). Now I store them in tap water and clean them weekly in the solution. Thus far, I must say what a way to gain a leg up on the competition. Bravo Axon Optics, well done!

 

  • Mine are prescription contacts and they got it spot on. The tint is perfect as well. I can actually look at a device with background lighting like a tv, phone, or computer screen without glasses again thank you to Axon Optics!

  • They are well-shaped. I keep them in a cleaning kit that they came with, the "Clean Care Triple Action Cleaning Kit". It holds the lenses in the right shape so they don’t fold over on you or anything frustrating like that. They form well to my case regardless of the fact that they weren’t made for it.

  • Things aren’t all that pink and in dim light my fiance couldn’t even tell I had colored contacts in at 3am. I will have to take a picture in the daytime to show you all how this looks! Rest assured you won't be creeping anyone out!

  • Clean your lenses often as needed. If your hands are constantly dirty, wash those suckers daily. You don’t want an eye infection. I’m sure the extra cleaning solution you’ll go through is cheaper than an optometrist visit and a co-pay as well as medication etc.

  • Keep at least 1 bottle you get the contacts in or vial! This shows the expiration date on the outside and it’s crucial to know when you’ll be needing a new pair of lenses so that you can order in appropriate timing so that you receive them the week these go expired.

  • Even in photos and in person nobody can tell you’re wearing shaded contacts unless you tell them! I had to tell my fiance and mother this morning and ask how they looked they never knew I’d gotten these contacts in meanwhile I’ve been walking around with them on for a while now.

  • Get back into the light with the FL-41 tinted contact lenses by Axon Optics. Seriously you can come out of your darkened corner now!

Now that you’ve all seen some pics and how these truly look on the eyes, read my entire review, and now know how comfy these are I hope you will consider ordering these bad boys. They’re still new but my god people they work like a damn charm! I have to thank everyone over at Axon Optics for allowing me to review a prescription pair of these wonderful contact lenses! I really never thought we’d see this technology so soon but it appears once again the engineers and doctors of Axon Optics have our backs!

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Glaucoma Through Rosy Glasses

Originally posted on Jaimee's blog:

http://justjaimee.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/glaucoma-through-rosy-glasses/

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It all started with a pretty little halo of rainbows around lights at night.  My neurologist thought I was having a new type of migraine (oh, joy!).  But what we thought may be an infrequent, new-fangled migraine symptom turned out to be something called Angle-Closure Glaucoma.  It’s fairly rare and apparently very serious, which explains how I ended up with my first surgery scheduled for just a few days after the initial diagnosis.

The surgery (I had two of them, one in each eye), known as peripheral iridotomy, immediately decreased the pressure in my eyes and I am so thankful that the disease was caught before it became advanced.  But I have had some ongoing issues related to the surgery, including extreme sensitivity to light, glare or ghosting, and dry eyes.

Since I know that bright lights and glare while driving are already a migraine trigger for me, I knew I needed to figure out a way to take care of my eyes and minimize these side effects of the glaucoma surgeries, which led me to look into Axon Optics’ FL-41 glasses as a potential solution for what I was experiencing.  glaucoma

I’m so glad I did!  These Petite Wayfarers with anti-glare, anti-smudge coating have made a drastic difference in how glaucoma affects my life.  I can drive at night again without painful glare from headlights and streetlights.  I can work at the computer without the white, horizontal line of light (ghosting) caused by the extra hole in my iris.  I can watch television in a dark room without squinting.  I have gone from using my dry-eye drops 3-4 times per day to maybe once per week.  Glaucoma definitely looks better through rosy glasses!  Thanks, Axon Optics!

 

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Surviving Chronic Pain with Seizonsha

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Gueneviere "Seizonsha"

Hello!  I'm a content creator admin at the Surviving Chronic Pain Facebook community. I’m also the volunteer founder of the Migraineur Misfits communities on Facebook .  I’ve founded a few blogs and twitter accounts as well.  I create the memes for the "Pain Tree" Series album and the "Stop the Stigma" Meme Collection album on the Surviving Chronic Pain page. I suffer from multiple disabilities, the most intense of which are chronic migraines, PTSD, severe anxiety, BiPolar II, and Degenerative Disk Disease (L1-L2 lumbar spine). After 3.5 years of being unable to work, I was finally approved last June for SSDI in New York State, and the fight was long and hard. I am 32.

Of the before mentioned disabilities, migraines are the most brutal for me personally. I have suffered from chronic intractable migraines (w/ and w/o aura, refractory w/ status) since I was 20. I had my first "real" attack when I was between 18-19. For almost 13 years now, I have suffered from this syndrome, and for over four years I have been unable to work due to the combined co-morbid disorders that coincide with it. I often feel alone and afraid of the world around me for physical reasons as well as emotional and psychological ones. There is still a social stigma about migraines where people think that they are only headaches, and they are not.

So where do we go when we feel like this? Whom do we turn to when no one seems to understand or try to care? Sometimes our family, friends, and co-workers get it and they give you space. Other times, they want you to just “act normal” and snap out of it. Sadly, that approach often never works because, you cannot tell your brain to stop making the vascular parts swell up or the nerves in the brain to reject the pressure. This condition cannot be cured with a ”mind over matter” attitude or lifestyle change.

We will try to educate those that think they have the answers to our “headaches” when they are not headaches at all, and seek the empathy that may never come. But the good news is that we develop a high level of tolerance for those that JUST DON’T GET IT and reach out to even more people struggling and writhing in their own grief, pain, and ostracism. We can show them that they are not alone. We are so many, but so few know the power of our unity. This disease does not need to destroy our minds and our lives. We are stronger and more powerful that this illness makes us appear.

Do not let anyone tell you that you are imagining your pain or need to ignore it, no matter what chronic pain you suffer from. It is real and we are here to help you through the dark parts and the beautiful ones – because migraines will not completely destroy our quality of life. They will train us to be more aware of those that do not care about our suffering. We can tell who genuinely cares and who just thinks we are malingerers, fakers, and losers.

Across the horizon, as the sun sets, there is always a glimmer of hope that a new day will be pain-free and life will not include ice packs, throwing up, missing work, screaming children, and a spouse that just refuses to understand. But when those people let us down, it is our job to still stay strong and educate the willing so that MAYBE this ignorance that surrounds chronic migraines will start to wane and dissipate.

We are in this struggle and working towards a revolution. A revolution to end the ignorance of those unaware of our nightmares and pain. This revolution can change the healthcare field forever. If we promise to make the misery visible. It’s okay that it is not always okay and pain creeps in at the worst possible times. It’s okay to cry and miss family gatherings because your anxiety has driven you into fear. What’s not okay is that all too often our family, friends, and coworkers don’t understand it. So, when you are well, tell them how that kind of treatment or attitude hurts and does not make you better. Those that DO care will be willing to hear you out and they will want to learn you story and help you identify triggers and find medications that work for you rather than treating you like you are nuts or just a liability.

You are worth a great deal, to yourself, your family, and those that love you and really want to see you get better or help you “ride through the agony” holding your hand. My message is that, at your darkest, most painful hour, your pain does not define you or defeat you. It empowers you and will make you stronger. Your willingness to fight for your life back will give you the hope you need to rise above the pain and be the best person you are capable of being.

Here's a link to a blog I wrote last year that I read often when I doubt myself and my inner strength: "Finding Nemo: I Never Saw a Wild Thing Sorry for Itself" http://migraineurmemories.blogspot.com/2013/06/finding-nemo-just-keep-swimming-blogger.html

I am a work in progress. We can all learn and empower each other as sisters and brothers in pain. We are not alone and we can bond together for the advancement of making chronic migraines more visible to those that don’t even want to give us a passing glance. With our heads held high, we can still say, “Migraines are NOT just a headache! They are real, and I am a worthy person that deserves more than this and I will fight for a cure to make mine more manageable or at least stop their prevalence and invasiveness in my life.” Furthermore, my chronic pain does not define me, and I know that I am never alone thanks to the amazing volunteers and members from the Surviving Chronic Pain and Migraineur Misfits Facebook communities. I derive an immense amount of pleasure from helping others, and that alone makes every day worth looking forward to despite the daily battle with chronic pain. It's always a relief knowing there is a safe online environment to turn to when it seems that no one in our "everyday lives" truly understands. I look forward to promoting self-advocacy and spreading awareness together, this month, and all year.

~ Gueneviere "Seizonsha" © 2012-2014 (which is my screen name on the SCP page and means "survivor" in Japanese)

‪#‎migraine #‎headache – Help ‪#‎StoptheStigma

https://www.facebook.com/MigraineurMisfits

https://www.facebook.com/SurvivingChronicPain

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Health Activist Michael Fernandez Reviews the Wrap7c

 

Migraine Activist, Blogger, and Health Advocate Michael Fernandez of Migraine Discussions reviewed our Wrap7c frame. 

Hello everyone. As many readers might’ve noticed, one of the few products advertised for the purpose of reducing migraines successfully are these FL-41 tinted lenses. Luckily, Axon carries an ever-growing line of magnificent frames. In the past I’ve tried both the Flex AX29’s and the Cover-Rx frame, both extremely comfortable!

Current Price of a Wrap7c w/ outdoor tint no coating: $176.00

Tested Configuration w/ Transitions: $326.00

However, today I am here with a review of not your everyday pair of Wrap7C’s but one with transition lenses and some really amazing special features for migraineurs!

Appearance

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The Wrap7C is a sporty, curved frame which is harder to cut prescriptions for as Virginia mentioned in our interview. I personally have always been a fan of this look even with the gasket in place these frames look phenomenal on the face and provide immense comfort from peripheral lighting! They also fit the face well- and that’s throughout me taking steroids so my face is swollen now! it fits comfortably prior to the high dosage of prednisone too!

Reliability

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What do I mean? I’m saying, is it safe to drop or sit on these frames? From my experiences, yes, they can take some abuse…but I’d never try it again. I value them too much. These glasses look just like normal sports glasses with the gasket removed as well, and the way that gasket is secured it’s a snug fit and won’t be falling out anywhere!

Comfort

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Ok this is where that felt gasket really comes into play along with the unique shape of the Wrap7C frames! The gasket provides flawless cushioning. I’ve fallen asleep with the frames on more times than I can count and that’s no exaggeration! My girlfriend found the same to be true for her Mistrals so Axon must be doing something right in terms of frame selection!

The felt gasket really allows the edges of the frame to contour to one’s face. However, they’re also quite good without the insert when one wants a more natural look. Not a soul could tell these were meant for migraines when I walked into my neurologist’s office without the liner one day. In fact, I got compliments on how cool they looked with that odd color rose lens!

Transition Lenses

This amazing feature allows for the glasses to transition from light to dark when one goes outdoors which is amazing. This technology has existed for lenses even at Costco for the longest time, but to see it with this rare tint?!?! I had to try them out and my my have they changed my world to a brighter place. I have 3-5 severe migraines a day so the outdoor tint and Cover-RX lens were my weapons of choice, but light leaks in the sides and bottom/top of those frames. The Wrap7C eliminates that problem and with this transition effect becomes the perfect pair of sporty physical therapy type frames for migraineurs out there! I personally love the light transition indoors for writing articles and reading my Kindle Paper White!

Conclusion

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Sure with the Transitions these lenses will set you back a hefty sum. But how much do your preventative and emergency shots cost you? If you could cut down on your migraines with these glasses, you can free up a lot of cash. In the long run, these frames have certainly been a benefit to my family financially. Trust me, the initial investment is indeed worth it! Not to mention Axon Optics has Virginia, the most friendly sales manager you’ve ever met! The only issue I found (and this was sort of my fault) is that if you cry a lot from chronic pain, the gasket will start to separate from the foam. Just a head's up, it’s a small area that’s affected under my right eye. Keeping that in mind these are a solid 4/5.

Learn more here: http://www.axonoptics.com/product/wraparound-frame-migraine-glasses/

A video review and comparison with other Axon Optics frames is on the way just as soon as weather allows filming in the sun, lately it has just been too cold and snowy! I really want you all to see the transition effect in action! Look for a short review of the Mistrals by Venus which look amazing on women I must say. Keep your eye out for more product reviews coming your way to help prevent or endure that pesky migraine monster!

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CNN Health: Mysterious disorder a ‘life sentence’

It’s been just over a year since Lori’s article appeared on CNN.  CNN iReporter Lori Raines administers the Facebook page Neuronauts, a dystonia support group. She says raising awareness is the key to finding better treatments for the movement disorder and, eventually, a cure.

 

 

(CNN)Lori Raines and her mother were hunting for deals at post-Christmas sales in 2009 when Raines' left leg involuntarily turned inward and an excruciating pain shot through it.

At first, she thought the pain was the result of a 2005 operation to fix a herniated disc in her lower back.

It wasn't.

As a massage therapist, yoga instructor, aspiring artist and mother, she could not afford to lose mobility. But within a couple of days, Raines was practically bedridden.

She began taking a number of medicines and steroids that changed her personality, caused friends to abandon her and destroyed her marriage.

But nothing stopped the pain or involuntary movement in her leg.

"I lost everything," she says.

Finally, eight months and about 30 doctors' opinions later, she was diagnosed with dystonia, a little-known but the third most common movement disorder.

"If you have something invisible going on, then it's all subjective," the 41-year-old says. "Dystonia doesn't show up on MRIs and it doesn't show up on tests."

Raines hasn't been able to work, slowly watching dystonia spread from her legs to her arms to her neck. Forced to get around on crutches or in a power chair, the former dancer is mostly confined to her Hendersonville, North Carolina, home.

"You don't die from dystonia," she says. "But you want to. It's sort of like a life sentence, as opposed to a death sentence."

 

Raines' struggles with dystonia first appeared in 2009 when her left leg began involuntarily turning inward. It is now a permanent symptom.

 

Cervical dystonia is the most common form and causes Raines' neck muscles to contract uncontrollably. 

Dystonia flare-ups cause Raines' feet to contract, keeping her from walking and forcing her to use crutches or a power chair.

Raines also has blepharospasm, a form of dystonia that causes the eyelid muscles to contract uncontrollably.

 

 

Dystonia is often cloaked in mystery and can take years to diagnose. In most cases, dystonia's cause is unknown, and there is no cure. Patients and medical professionals agree dystonia awareness lags far behind other movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.

Dystonia is "characterized by sustained or intermittent muscle contractions causing abnormal, often repetitive, movements, postures, or both," according to the article "Phenomenology and classification of dystonia: A consensus update," published this year by an international panel of dystonia researchers.

Dystonia can be divided into primary and secondary types, says Dr. H.A. Jinnah, director of the Dystonia Coalition and professor in the department of neurology, pediatrics and human genetics at Emory University. It is difficult to quantify exactly how many people suffer from it.

 

There are no drugs made specifically for dystonia patients. Raines endured numerous side effects from the wide-range of medications she took during 2011.

 

Under the National Institutes of Health guidelines, Jinnah says pure or primary dystonia is identified as a rare disorder, but mixed or secondary dystonia occurs frequently. Combining the two classifications makes dystonia a common disorder, he says, "because we would have to include cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease and a whole load of others."

There are two common treatments for dystonia; neurotoxin injections, such as Botox, and deep brain stimulation, which requires an operation to place a neurostimulator in the brain. The stimulator sends electrical currents to parts of the brain that control muscle movement.

Certain forms of dystonia have been linked to genetics, environmental or brain damage. But scientists are still trying to determine exactly what causes the disorder.

"What all of us would like, and most especially our patients, is a medication so that they don't have to get injections or brain surgery," Jinnah says. "That requires that we know something about the cause."

Cervical dystonia, which causes the neck and sometimes the shoulders to contract involuntarily into uncomfortable positions, is the most common form.

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Cris Rogers, 46, says he believes he developed cervical dystonia due to birth complications. He didn't begin experiencing symptoms until his teens and wasn't properly diagnosed until he was 36.

"Even world-class orthopedists missed this diagnosis by a country mile," he says.

Rogers calls having cervical dystonia a "gift" compared with other forms out there. He is able to treat it with quarterly Botox injections.

"There is an emotional aspect to dystonia that people don't get," he says. "You feel hopeless."

Yet there is no guarantee the Botox will always be an effective treatment.

"If you have relief and the symptoms return, that is a level of pain that is hard to describe," he says. "Because you know what it is like to feel good."

Rogers is a member of the Facebook page Neuronauts, a closed dystonia support group with about 650 members that Raines created in 2012. Raines says she encouraged the Neuronauts to post their stories on CNN's iReport in honor of Dystonia Awareness Month.

"We are isolated as a whole," she says of the group and people who suffer from dystonia. "We have no support. We have no money. We're just trying to keep ourselves alive."

 

Michele Weber

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Michele Weber, a mother of two who has a Ph.D. in political science, is also a Neuronauts member. Like Raines, she has multiple forms of dystonia that affect her neck, limbs and facial muscles.

She began experiencing symptoms as a child and started seeking medical opinions in her 20s. But Weber says she wasn't diagnosed until her 40s.

"(Dystonia) is devastating to people socially and economically," the 47-year-old says. "We're not the glamour illness. We don't have the celebrity spokesman."

Weber's peers are often shocked to hear she works as a financial adviser, an "assumption" that her visible symptoms are indicative of "lesser intelligence," she says. She bucks her natural tendency to keep personal issues private because she believes raising awareness is key to advancing treatment and a cure.

"Until I know that everybody is diagnosed or have adequate treatments, I'll keep being a big mouth about this," she says.

Like Rogers, Weber considers herself fortunate because she has her husband's support and quality care from a doctor she trusts. Her symptoms constantly limit basic abilities such as using her hands and legs.

"I am disabled — no more, no less," she says. "All of our abilities are temporary."

All three agree that the medical community's lack of understanding of dystonia contributes to the public's lack of awareness.

 

Dystonia's wide variety of forms has caused a lag in research and treatment, says Dr. Mahlon DeLong, medical director of theDystonia Medical Research Foundation and professor of neurology at Emory.

"There was a period of time in the '50s, '60s and '70s when physicians thought this could be psychogenic," he says, meaning it originated in the mind. "It was a very unfortunate time."

DeLong says that the medical community now understands dystonia's symptoms are not psychological and that the recent discovery of new genes creates opportunities for advancements in treatment — and may lead eventually to finding a cure.

"We're beginning to understand the molecular disturbances in the brain," he says.

Identifying the genes that may be involved in dystonia will allow researchers to learn about their different mutations, Jinnah says. These findings will then enable scientists to understand better how the mutations alter patients' biochemistry and how the mutations affect the brain's normal neurological functions.

But DeLong also says that not all forms of dystonia are genetic and so gene mapping is not necessarily a Rosetta stone for grasping dystonia.

"I think we're on the edge of discovery and better therapy," DeLong says. "Some of the new approaches that are coming out will prove very affective for dystonia."

 

Raines says the pain from dystonia, which is constant, fluctuates between four and eight on a 10-point scale. Axial dystonia, a subform of generalized dystonia, assaults Raines' abdomen, chest and back.

More funding and research cannot come soon enough for Raines, who says her pain is constantly fluctuating between a four and an eight on a scale of 10.

She can still drive short distances, getting out about three times a week to go grocery shopping and take her son to school. In August, she will enter her first art show since being diagnosed with dystonia. But she devotes the rest of her time to supporting and encouraging fellow Neuronauts.

She says people diagnosed with dystonia need to vocalize what they are going through.

"My background is all about expressiveness and being creative," she says. "The more you can express yourself, the more healthy you are on a cellular level."

By Matthew Casey, Originally published by CNN here

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/28/health/dystonia-awareness-month-irpt/

Want to learn more about dystonia, related conditions, connect with supportive members, or donate to the cause?  Visit Neuronauts Now, Lori's Dystonia Awareness and Advocacy Nonprofit Organization by clicking here: http://www.neuronautsnow.org/

 

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The Walking Dead: Lady Migraine speaks on Michael of Migraine Discussions #MHAMBC

LadyMigraine is Elizabeth from Ohio, a chronic migraine and cluster headache sufferer, mom, partner and friend. Follow her blog (LadyMigraine.com) or on Twitter @headcase73.  The original posting of this article can be found here: http://ladymigraine.com/2014/06/12/the-walking-dead/

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I haven’t been inspired by the AHMA Blog Challenge suggestions the last several days, but I have (obviously) been participating in the Photo Challenge. Today, what inspires me, or rather WHO, is Michael Fernandez of Migraine Discussions. Early on, he was frustrated by the lack of funding, research, and available information about this disabling illness, hence the name of his blog. He is also on Facebook and Instagram (Migraine Discussions) and Twitter (@mff181).

Migraine Discussions was the first migraine / chronic illness blog I began following when I moved my own blog to WordPress. He began following me as well and soon rewarded me with the Liebster Award, which meant so much to me. I began to feel that Michael was a friend. Then he received the devastating second diagnosis which explained all the nerve pain he’d been experiencing: the extremely rare, painful, and occasionally fatal Churg-Strauss Syndrome, of which I’d never heard but now know quite a bit about. On top of that, his daily excruciating migraines, which caused more vomiting than I’ve ever heard of, morphed into even more devastating cluster headaches. He lost mobility, lost his weight-trained body, lost his independence. Fortunately he has an extremely supportive family and a wonderful fiancee, but his suffering continues.

During a recent hospitalization for vasculitis (one of the horrible symptoms of CSS), he learned that his disease is going to progress and progress and end his life in 12 – 15 years unless he is able to participate in drug trials (and who knows if he will be able to, or if they will work). He was denied entry into a special vasculitis unit and is going to have to return home, no better than when he entered. Michael is only in his early 20′s.

All of this is tragic and sad… except for the fact that Michael is also a tireless advocate for migraine and headache disorders, as well as Churg-Strauss. He made it to Headache On The Hill. He won the WEGO Rookie of the Year new advocate award. He has published an e-book and manages to post at least something on his blog every day, sometimes powerful, pain-filled poetry, sometimes an article about new research or opinions on various health matters. Michael expresses both strength and despair, but he has not given up.

Today, I am inspired by Michael Fernandez. My blog post today for Migraine Awareness Month, in which sadly not nearly enough of us in this community are participating, is about the strength my friend has shown in fighting his illness, continuing to spread awareness, and writing something for us every day despite crippling pain. One lesson in this, for me, is that there are always those who have it worse. All of us in the chronic pain community insist that our pain is no worse than anyone else’s, it all sucks. But I know that even though I have recently developed clusters myself, and have a headache every day, nothing I go through (except for maybe that horrible Friday two weeks ago) compares to what Michael goes through daily. And he is STILL ADVOCATING. Still writing. Some days, I can barely manage to get out of bed and take care of my kids. Some days I just feel sorry for myself and want to hide. But then I think of Michael, and I get up, I push forward, I write, I advocate in small ways by at least spreading awareness, and I feel grateful for every pain-free moment.

Michael, from you, we could ALL (healthy or sick) learn a thing or two about strength. You are my hero. Thank you for continuing to fight for us, and for yourself.

-Elizabeth, AKA LadyMigraine

www.ladymigraine.com

@headcase73 on Twitter

#MHAMBC 

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Testimonial from British Columbia, Canada

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Testimonial from British Columbia, Canada

To Whom It May Concern,

On strong sunny mornings the first thing I reach fro are my AXONOPTICS.  They give me instant relief from the glare.  I had Cataract Surgery following which I developed astigmatism which resulted in severe sensitivity to bright light.

On the recommendation of our top Neuro-Optic Surgeon I purchased a pair of AXONOPTICS and now experience good relief from bright light and they are very helpful for night driving.  This product is still not available in Canada.

Yours Truly, N.M., British Columbia

(Editor’s note: Though we do not currently have any stores in Canada that carry our lenses, our lenses are available via mail order in Canada as well as any country to which the United States Postal Service ships.   Visit http://www.axonoptics.com/product-category/glasses-eyewear/   to order.) 

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The Perfect Pair: Fit, Style, and Coverage

One of our longtime friends recently asked a great question.  I answer this question often, but I've never written the response in text.  She asked:

" I am looking to order a pair of glasses soon, but have never worn glasses other than generic sunglasses. What information will I need as far as frame size and how do I find that?"

This is a really great question. Nobody thinks about their eyeglass size unless they've had prescription lenses. I recommend visiting a pharmacy or an optical shop and trying on frames. When you find a frame that fits well, note the measurements from the inside arm. Most people have a range of sizes that will fit them, so it will be a more accurate fitting if you find several pair that fit well. 
I've included four photos in this tutorial. The first one is this diagram of eyeglass measurements.

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So what are the measurements and what do they mean? Look at this picture. You'll typically see the first two numbers on every pair. Sometimes you'll see the first and third measurements. You'll rarely ever see the fourth measurement. The measurements are in millimeters. One of the cool things about eyeglass measurements is that they use universal measurements instead of an arbitrary system.

Eye – Also known as the 'A' measurement, this is the lens width. The first number, it measures the width of each lens in millimeters. In the picture, the lenses are 50 millimeters wide. 

Bridge – Also known as the 'DBL' measurement, this measures the width across the bridge of the nose. You can be over, but you don't want to be under with this number, or the glasses will pinch. Make sure it is comfortable across the bridge and does not pinch. Other things to consider: do I like a solid bridge that rests directly against the nose, or do I like one with little silicone nosepads that prop it up? 

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To Nosepad or not to Nosepad, that is the question!

Temple: Measures length of the arms on the frame. It measures from where the hinge connects to the front of your glasses at the temple…all the way through the curved part behind the ear. You won't see much variation in this number, as most glasses are 130, 135, or 140. This number only matters if you have problems with the frame arms sticking out from the back of your head (too long), or cutting into the ear at the bend (too short). 

Height – also known as the B measurement – this is the height of the lens. You won't see this number on frames most of the time. If you need bifocals, this number is important because it will determine where it is practical to put your segment height (dividing line between bifocal top and bottom areas).

Another measurement you won't see is the 'ED' measurement, which measures diagonally across the lens. It's a shame that this measurement is not common, because it is a great indicator of lens surface area. If it has a high ED number, it's far more likely to have big lenses. The bigger the lens, the more coverage against peripheral light. I don't recommend any lens below 50mm ED, with 55 mm ED a good number to aim for. Anything 60 or above is ideal, but most of the frames above 60 are Aviators. That only helps if you like Aviators. (See Photo #3 In Comments Below). Don't be surprised if your optical shop can't provide this information, as very few people will ask for it. 

ed measurement

ED measurement is diagonal, which is high on bigger lenses. The Aviator frame is a favorite of many men and women, but people feel decisively about it. Choose a frame you love so you'll enjoy wearing your therapeutic lenses. Photo of man has our lenses in an aviator frame, woman does not have our lenses in her aviator frame.

My last piece of advice: Nothing bits the style, coverage, and fit match of a pair you've tried on in person. If you find a pair you love, consider buying it and sending it to us using our Send-In-Your-Frame service. This service is $30 cheaper than our cheapest with-frame options. This can end up costing less than buying a frame from us if you've already got one, or you love one under $30. Most eyeglass frames can be filled with our lenses. Only some sunglasses can be filled. If it has removable lenses or can be made with prescription, we can put our lenses in it. Most glasses fit into this category. If it is a cheap frame, it might have lenses that are fused directly to the frame. In that case, we can't fill the frame. This is most common with cheap sunglasses and novelty frames. 
Can't tell if the frame you own/bought is eligible? Take it to a local optical shop and ask. Alternately, you can ship them to our lab manager for a free consultation. It will cost about $6 to ship your frame to us within the U.S. Please email if you'd like a frame consultation from our lab. 

There are frame shape rules based on your face shape just like with haircuts. I like this particular article because it has drawings of the different face shapes with the different frames they're talking about: http://www.selectspecs.com/info/face-shapes/

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Eyeglass weight list for allodynic sufferers of migraine, blepharospasm, and light sensitivity (photophobia)

Allodynia is a symptom of many other conditions in which the body overreacts painfully to normal stimulus.  For people with migraine, it can often make eyeglasses too heavy.  It can also make contact points (where the glasses touch you skin) seem unbearable.  I'm quite allodynic myself . The (sumatriptan) injection, a very common rescue medication, was about $120 without insurance for a SINGLE use twinpack refill.  That's about the same price as a pair of our glasses, which can be used indefinitely until they wear out.  The pricetag on those sumatriptan shots is excruciatingly painful, but for an allodynic person the concept of touching a sharp needle to your skin can be equally daunting.  I used to toggle my sumatriptan injections with the nasal spray, which washes down the back of your throat and tastes terrible.  The bad taste isn't quite as bad as the needle stick when you're allodynic.

Because pressure and weight on the face is so important, our optics engineer Dr. Steve Blair has measured the weight of some of our frames for your comparison.  

All weights include lenses. Non-prescription Lenses weigh 0.5 ounces by themselves.  The weight increases with prescription type, lens material, lens size, and any special treatments applied.

 

flex ax 29 weight  FL-41

This is our lightest frame.

 

crx weight axon optics fl-41 natural migraine relief allodynic 

I do not recommend our Cover-RX for allodynic sufferers, as the weight of this fitover frame worn over your prescription is often too much to bear.  This frame is available in Medium Small, Medium, and Medium Large on our website, with Small, Large, and Extra Large available by special order.  The two most common sizes are Medium and Medium Large.   Add this amount to the weight of your current prescription to determine the actual weight on your face.  This style gives a moderate amount of peripheral light coverage, as the temples have a boysenberry filter instead of a typical hinge. 

Wrap7c weights

The Wrap7c is a wraparound frame by 7Eye, maker of ANSI Z87-rated safety glasses for motorcycling, industrial work, and more.  These frames have been recertified by the manufacturer with our lenses.  The Wrap7c comes in two sizes: Churada (Fits Small to Medium Heads) and Bora (Fits Medium to Large Heads). The AirDam, a patented removable foam insert, blocks peripheral light, dust, debris, and dry eye.  

Our new RocketHub frame, when released, will weigh 0.75 oz.

As we work to increase the size of the lenses a bit for more coverage, the weight will increase. (note that two large lenses together weigh nearly 0.5 oz, Rx even heavier).

More weight information:

Art deco 68: 0.99 oz.

PrimeS59: 0.98 oz.

Retro 301: 0.99 oz.

Star Pupil: 0.74 oz.

Peachy Keen: 0.85 oz.

Dendrite: 1.19 oz.

Aviator: 0.87 oz.

Mistral: 1.40 oz.

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Into the Light and Into the Water!

By Michael Fernandez

Today I used my tidal fit for the first time and as the people at Axon Optics would say “Stepped into the Light” for the first time in a long time. As you saw I posted about the installation of the pool over the past weekend and that was one big project, we were left with a few minor technical issue but luckily a man came earlier today to fix it all up now my Tidal Fit is operating 100% and it should for the price! Anyways I found the glasses really helped I was wearing a pair of outdoor tinted Bora frames similar to the Wrap 7C which is another favorite of mine, Anyways let me tell you why these were so beneficial.

Let me start by saying the darker outside tint significantly reduced any glare off the water allowing me to comfortably get into or look into the pool with its shiny pearl white interior. I also found the flosses didn’t slip off y face nor did they let much moisture in. I took out the padding to avoid getting it too wet and was perfectly fine without it. The advantage to taking it out is that I avoided foggy lenses due to sweating when doing the row bars and such. For me it truly is a workout and I find it absolutely exhilarating to e able to get in and do a bit of rowing to some music whenever I please. All we need to do now is build a wraparound table/ bar for drinks and for a stereo to sit on. After that I believe we will have the perfect aquatic therapy solution and I thank Axon Optics for allowing me to even use it by providing such great glasses to review.

Today I forgot my glasses on a ride to the bank and then to a medical supply store, I was in so much pain within the 25 minutes it took to be heading home from the bank that I was hitting my head asking my dad to drive home and he simply stopped for food and did drive home as I’d asked. Today I was also very snappy, frustrated, and didn’t really get anything done. I am really doing it all now but that’s due to the depression that comes with migraines! Anyways my trip was horrid as soon as I got home I got on O2 for a serious cluster headache and a migraine I took simple Advil for the migraine as the triptans can’t be used due to my vasculitis and none of the medications work for me. I never was ok heck I am still not ok that’s why I am awake at 2:30am typing an article and hoping to wake up at 7am to drive to a conference in Nashville, TN! If you’ve read my recent poetry you know I’m going to the 2014 Cluster Busters Conference in Nashville TN this Thurs-Sunday so I will be bus covering that! Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed yet another of my articles!

step into the light water michael fernandez axon optics fl-41

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