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!

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Step Into the Light

step into the light with Michael Fernandez fl-41 axon optics

by Michael Fernandez

Into the light I go

for the first time in a long while

I feel as if I were a child

this is all new to me I haven’t done it in ages

No wonder us headache disorder patients feel like we’re stuck in cages


So please help me to determine today

that it is time to shed our glasses away

and put in our tinted contacts finally

thanks to Axon Optics, now we can go out in the Sun and rock it!


Yep we can wear normal sunglasses

or more FL-41 tinted lenses over them for more protection

I appreciate this new form of light sensitivity prevention

Axon couldn’t have thought of anything better, come to mention

I’m glad to be a part of all of this and part of Axon’s team

our relationship has thus far been a dream

for they are very lenient with me

and understand weeks when I am held back by my disease!


So join me in supporting an important company within our community

let's help Axon grow so they can continue to help patients like me

by continuing to hire us and provide wages for the chronically ill

and for creating products that are so effective it simply thrills

they truly care about us and generously give out their extra product whenever I’ve asked, how amazingly kind is that?

they give back to the community is what I’ve learned

not only from individuals, but from caring companies too

I want to reflect them, and in turn help you.

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Ready-made and Custom Therapeutic tints for Photophobia Computer Glasses

Hi folks!  Virginia here.  Let's talk about the different tint types. We regularly offer four tints on our website: indoor, outdoor, transitions, and polarized.  All of our tints are made with FL-41 and provide 100% UVA/UVB protection.  

Small - 4 tints, transitions in full sun(2) Axon Optics FL-41 Natural migraine relief 

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Indoor lenses are great for office use, grocery stores, fluorescent lighting,reading, cooking, and any indoor activity.  Perfect for people with mild light sensitivity, as the light pink lens provides a light level of protection.   The indoor lens looks like a classic tinted lens and will not draw attention in public.

Outdoor lenses have the strongest density of our tint on each lens, making them the most therapeutic.  They block the maximum amount of the irritating portion of the light spectrum while mainting visibility.  These cranberry-colored lenses are great for outdoor use, bright lights, or extreme photophobia.  Once your eye adapts to the redness of the lens, everything you see will be brighter than if you'd been wearing sunglasses.  This is because the lens is blocking only a portion of the light spectrum, unlike the full light blockage of a pair of sunglasses.  Try our outdoor tint in a sunglass frame for maximum coverage.

Tint Comparison indoor outdoor axon optics fl-41 natural migraine reli


Specialty Tints: Transitions and Polarized lenses are always available.  Please allow one addiitional week processing time in addition to any other specialty lens treatments selected (prescription, premium coatings, etc.)

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Transitions Lenses: A lighter rose-tinted lens transitions to a warm grey when exposed to sunlight. Our transitions lens is lighter than our indoor tint, and darkens to a grey which is lighter than our outdoor tint. A great choice for those who don’t want to have to switch pairs when switching locations. Not recommend for those with extreme photophobia. Please allow extra processing time to make transitions lenses.

Polarized Lenses: Our darkest lens in terms of total light blockage. A dark grey polarized lens augmented with a thin coating of our tint provides moderate light protection.  A good choice if you’re extremely photophobic and already know polarization works for you. If you’ve never had polarized lenses before, we recommend first trying a non-polarized non-prescription pair of our outdoor lenses. 

As with all polarization, they cause distortion when viewing electronics, and make some people feel sick. (This is standard with all polarization, not exclusively our lenses.) If you’ve worn polarized lenses before, then you’ll be fine. If you have not worn polarized lenses before, we do not recommend purchasing your prescription lenses with polarization. Non-prescription polarized lenses can be exchanged, but exchanges take time – time you don't want to wait during a migraine.

Custom Tints: Is our indoor tint too light?  Our outdoor too dark?  Nothing dark enough?  Not seeing what you need?  We offer three custom tints for those who need something a little different.  These are all special order, so try to order a month before any upcoming trip!

Custom Tinting Axon Optics FL-41 Natural Migraine Relief

Ultra Light (Half-strength): Our Ultra Light (Half-Strength) tint is the lightest lens we offer.  It has the thinnest possible density of tint.  The more density, the more effective the tint.  This is a great tint for folks who can't wear our regular indoor tint due to the color.  For mild light sensitivity only.

Halfway (In-Between): Our Halfway (In-Between) tint is the perfect solution for those who find our indoor tint too light, but our outdoor tint too dark.  Much like the fairy tale heroine Goldilocks, you'll find this tint to be 'Just Right'.

Ultra Dark (Max Strength): Our Ultra Dark (Max Strength) is only slightly darker than our outdoor tint.  This is the maximum amount of tint that the lens can accept.  Only recommended for those desperate for relief who have found our outdoor tint too light.  

Together, they look quite beautiful.

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What’s The Difference between Computer Glasses and Readers?

Axon Optics computer glasses eyestrain

A little information for those wondering about the difference between computer glasses and readers:

Computer Glasses: Relieving Computer Eye Strain

How to Read an Eye Prescription

The basic difference is the distance.  A reader lens is just the right distance for reading books, whereas a computer lens is perfect for reading the screen.  The computer screen is usually a bit farther away than a book is (about 20 to 26 inches versus 12 to 14 inches), so the magnification is a bit lower than for reading glasses. Typically, the reduction is by about 1 (i.e. +3 for reading, +2 for computer), but an optometrist should determine the magnification needed based on the distance between the eye and the screen of the patient. While this is not an adjustment you should make at home, but this guide is helpful in understanding the process:

Computer Vision Reading Eye Glasses Chart

Our lab carries specialty computer progressive lenses from Shamir, which are different than normal bifocals/progressives.


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Axon Optics’ Mistral7m Review

Axon Optics Mistral7m FL-41 Therapeutic eyewear natural migraine relief


By Michael Fernandez of Migraine Discussions


Hello folks, you’ve all seen me review multiple pairs of Axon Optics lenses and frames. I’ve even done comparisons for them with the typical glasses you get after surgery on your eyes called “solar shields” which I found are very cheaply made compared to Axons glasses. In fact I rarely remove them from my face besides to clean them or swap them for a more suitable pair of Axon Optics lenses. Lets get to the point though today I’m reviewing the Mistral 7M’s worn by my fiance and mother for a few weeks each to get a good feel for the product. They each found the Mistrals to be fascinating, but are they worth the $169 price tag? This article should answer that question by the time you’re done reading and if I haven’t please feel free to ask any questions you might have!



These glasses rest well on the bridge of one’s nose and aren’t heavy, so they rarely leave a line or indentation on one’s face. They’re shaped well and have small raised areas to block peripheral light that don’t interfere with your vision or leave any odd markings on one’s face. They can even be worn in a swimming pool without issue as I wore my Bora frames and my fiance wore these frames from Axon on our tip to my grandfather’s yacht club and then after a ride on the boat took a dip in the pool. We both kept our glasses on for light sensitivity and got tons of compliments from the many seniors frequenting the pool. I handed out a lot of Axon Optics cards at this place! It isn’t like we were looking to advertise either we just wanted a nice calm swim and it turned into a small lecture on Axon Optics and the FL-41 tint for light sensitivity.



- The Mistral 7M has a wraparound style for extra coverage in the sun.

-  It comes in the following colors: Tortoise, Glossy Black, or Chocolate Crystal

- The glasses can be prescription if you need it. Just send a copy of your RX with the order.

- They come in the following shades: Indoor, Outdoor, Transition, and Polarized, Extra Dark.

- Can come with up to 2 premium coatings: Anti-Smudge and Anti-Glare.



These glasses start at $169 a hefty price for most people but some insurances cover this nowadays and if they save you even one trip to the ER you’ve already made your money back multiple times over. Heck you make your money back several times over just in the ambulance en route to the hospital. So I can totally justify that price when you look t this as a medical device and therapeutic tool and not simply another pair of glasses. This is an invaluable tool for anyone with photophobia and I cannot see anyone giving up the comfort these lenses bring for the price.



These glasses look normal and actually quite sexy on women if I do say so myself. I had to ask my fiance if these were the Axon Optics pair or her Ray Bans as I personally couldn’t tell the difference. I asked my mom the same question where she’d bought the glasses then she reminded me I gave them to her and that she was driving with them on to prevent more migraines. This warmed my heart as I found a small way to pay back my mother for all the care and hospital visits she has been through with me, I couldn’t ask for a better immediate family or a better fiance. Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll go out and try a pair of Axon Optics glasses now they really are worth your time to give a test run as they truly work I’m not just pulling your leg here. I hope you all have a pain free week and best wishes to all of my readers!


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Serious Pain & Normalcy

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By Michael Fernandez of www.migrainediscussions.com

Right now I am in some real pain, thought you knew the beast and then it bites harder than ever and you learn something new.  You learn that sometimes you must learn to live with your pain and not without it because that may not be reality. Unfortunately sometimes it isn't realistic or possible to diminish one's pain unfortunate as that may seem. I happen to be one of those few patient who has access to just about any opioid I ask for due to how well I regulate my medication and have proven to my doctors that I come nowhere near to abusing it. Actually ever since a family member overdosed on opioids I've been afraid of my own medication and that's a mental demon I fight every time my mother asks "Mike do you need Pain meds?" I struggle to say yes when I do need them ever since that event. Life isn't as easy for me as it is for normal people, hell I no longer know what normal even feels like.


Speaking of normal what is it like is it boring, calm, peaceful, or enjoyable? I honestly don't know how it is I've forgotten what normal or not being in pain is like. "Pain free" just isn't a reality to me I struggle with that fact every day of my life and continue to seek my "Dr. House' a physician who is interested in my case and look at it as an enjoyable exercise or puzzle to figure out. I wish I had the money to pay ALL of my specialists and some consultant doctors from Johns Hopkins, the NIH, Mayo Clinic, and Mass General to all come sit down and go over my case as a team. Then spend a week or two in a private hospital room seeing each of these doctors and doing any tests they want and examinations over this time. Halfway through and at the end the doctors would consult with me as a group and come to a conclusion finally as to which Vasculitis I have if it isn't Churg-Strauss Syndrome and other diseases as well. I really need some miracle A-Team of doctors or something I feel or else I'll essentially be left with a death sentence to die around 38 years old. That'd be sad and I really want to live, but the future seems bleak for this patient.


One of the few normal things about me are my sunglasses which people find stylish and feature the Bora frame by Axon Optics with that world renowned FL-41 tint. These are one of the few items I have in life that make me feel normal, heck even more than normal sometimes I feel classy and important wearing these things which is new to me. I get so many complements on how they look it's impossible to have a slightly bloated ego for a migraineur. It's one of the few accessories I have that I can say outside or indoors makes me feel normal and even sets me apart from others, these help people to remember me and make a visual impression upon those I network with. In fact I wear these glasses at all times they never leave my sight! I truly believe though that the fact that these glasses allow one to feel normal again in situations where light would normally make it impossible to enjoy themselves is the strongest feature of this unique product!


As you all know I've been doing well in the job market and progressing my website as a business, but it's all extremely frustrating! I'm doing well with my business but I can't get myself to feel good enough to push my skills and outgoing personality to the next level. Hopefully soon I will find reserves of energy I never knew I had but currently life is just plain and I have a great will to succeed! Thank you for reading and listening to more of my complaints I don't feel much better but at least I feel slightly better now that I've written at least a little bit. I always try to vent through my words as somebody can typically relate to the situation which is interesting.


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Polarization or Transitions with my Axon Optics Lens?


Hi Axon Optics Readers!  Virginia here.  People get so excited about our lenses that they want to try everything.  All of our lenses have our superior blend of the therapeutic FL-41 tint, the only tint proven to help light-sensitivity and associated conditions.  All of our lenses have 100% UVA and UVB protection.  I recommend the anti-glare anti-smudge coating to reduce reflections and to protect your investment.  But what about our other customization options?  Many people ask me which I'd choose: transitions or polarization.  (A lens can't have both.)  This article is purely my opinion, having tried both lenses and spoken to many customers about their respective experiences.

Axon Optics FL-41 Natural Migraine Relief Headache Eyestrain Blepharospasm Photophobia

Of the two, I’d definitely recommend transitions over polarization.  Let’s examine the pros and cons of both:


Pros: A Transitions lens darkens outside and doubles as a sunglass pair.  The darkening transitions element within the lens won’t impede your regular vision, indoors or out.

Cons: It’s not going to feel as dark as sunglasses, our outdoor tint, or our polarized lens.  Also, the cost may be prohibitive for some people.  May not provide adequate coverage to be used as a sunglass if you order the lenses placed in an eyeglass frame. 

Axon Optics Fl-41 Transitions Migraine Relief Lenses Blepharospasm Photophobia

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Polarized Lenses

Pros: Polarized lenses block some of the entire light spectrum and are common in sunglasses. Our tint adds extra coverage in the painful portion of the light spectrum.  For those averse to a rose-tinted lens, this one appears as a soft charcoal grey (you’ll barely see the pink).  The upcharge for polarization is minor compared to the upcharge for Transitions, making it an option for some who would be unable to purchase Transitions. Great for blocking glare from outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, skiing, snowboarding – any activity where you’d have that up-facing reflection from the snow or water surface.

Cons: Has a lower concentration of tint compared our outdoor tint,  which has the greatest therapeutic benefit. As with all polarized lenses, they can cause distortion when viewing electronics, and make some people feel sick. If you’ve worn polarized lenses before, then you’ll be fine. If you have not worn polarized lenses before, we do not recommend purchasing your prescription lenses with polarization at first. Non-prescription polarized lenses can be exchanged.

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Conclusion: Transitions work for everyone, but polarization only works for some.  If you want the most therapeutic possible lens, try the outdoor tint.  If you want both indoor/outdoor use, try the Transitions.  

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A Trip to the Park


Some of you may be familiar with the ITT Tech commercials, if you have seen them then you know how I feel about Axon Optics. I feel their glasses have helped my light sensitivity and improved my life just as much as the people in those commercials whose lives have been changed due to a better education. However, many of you already know my love for this great company so let me share a story with you, one that shows what joys these glasses allow me in life that I previously couldn’t access due to severe photophobia!


I have recently began a new sort of tradition with my fiance, we now go to the park every nice day we can when I’m well enough to go out. I couldn’t even go outside on a sunny day prior to purchasing my first pair of Axon Optics glasses. Now with the outdoor dark rose FL-41 tint I can go just about anywhere, now I’m not saying I can look directly at the sun nor do I recommend such an idiotic thing but what I am saying is I can now enjoy activities that weren’t even a possibility before. We now go to the local park to write articles, poetry, my books, and to read. Heck we’ve even had picnics, strolled around the rose garden, and visited the veteran memorial in honor of my good friend John Bebee and my two favourite cousins Gregory and Francis-Amy both of whom are in the Navy and doing quite well in life. In fact Gregory and his wife even run a rescue NPO for pitbulls which is awesome of them!


Not only can we visit the park but I can go into restaurants that are lit brightly now for a calm lunch or dinner even though we still go at off hours to avoid the noise of the crowds. Again though the point is before these glasses came into my life things like this were impossible for me. Perhaps the most important change though is that I can now read my computer again and look at screens of TV’s, phones, and computers in general. I had to quit my first good job due to having so much trouble doing 12 hour shifts in front of a screen with a headset on all day at a medical based call center that took overflow calls to local hospitals. Had Axon Optics been around at the time, I might've been able to keep my job which would’ve made me eligible for SSDI by now instead of being ineligible and needing to apply for SSI.


So I hope this article has been a real eye opener that’s only a glimpse of all that these glasses have allowed me to do now. There’s a whole lot more of these stories I have to tell that would bring people to tears. These glasses are in fact the only way I write these articles for others otherwise I’d be stuck sitting in my corner alone scribbling away in my notebook half blinded by the light in the room and my migraines. So thank you Axon Optics both for taking care of me as a customer and then hiring me to show just how much you do care about those who support your products! Now that is rare nowadays a company that takes care of it’s user base, I am simply overjoyed.

By Michael Fernandez
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Dystonia Awareness, Chronic Illness, and Blepharospasm Advocate Lori on Axon Optics Lenses

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Hi, my name is Lori.  I have Generalized Dystonia and Blepharospasm. I also am glued to a screen of some sort for 8-10 hr days, as I am an advocate for dystonia awareness and am the Administrator for a large support group on Facebook. It's not just the group which keeps me with my face constantly looking at my phone and laptop  - I've spent months developing social networking sites as well as making a website from scratch too!


I've had my transition Axon glasses for a few months now and I have written on Amazon about how amazing they are… Well, I'm not finished saying how amazing they are….a few days ago I forgot to have my glasses on while I was on a 10-hour website making spree. That night my eyes were bright red, all night they were burning and watering so badly.  I never slept and by morning both my eyes were swollen shut the entire next day. Which meant no work….I absolutely cannot work or use a computer without my glasses, they are necessary for me to do what I need to do and I need them from morning to night.


At first, I gushed about light sensitivity and how soothing they are to my eyes, my nervous system and being able to handle horrible bright stores. Well now it's way more than that! Without these glasses, I cannot help people. I cannot run a growing group AND a new Dystonia Awareness Social Media Nonprofit organization without them. These glasses literally allow me to provide education to the world, media outlets for others who suffer from dystonia to use for their own benefit and jobs for people who want to be active in advocacy as well.


When glasses affect over 1200 people a day and hopefully thousands one day, that's serious. To pursue my calling and overcome my disability to help others, something as simple to others like a pair of glasses, means the world to me and everyone who benefits from my ability to sit behind a computer screen.


Thank you for helping me be able to try to make a difference in this world of Dystonia and Blepharospasm.


Xoxo Lori


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