axon optics

Axon Optics was born out of the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center, which is the largest vision research and treatment center in the Intermountain West.

Axon was Born out of the Latest Research 

Axon Optics was started after a neural-ophthalmologist, an optics researcher, and a marketing professional got together during the summer of 2010 to help people with photosensitive migraine using the latest research performed at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah.

The first line of products based upon FL-41 glasses was launched June 2011.  Research is underway at the Moran Eye Center to develop an improved migraine preventative lens for ophthalmic applications. New products based upon this lens will be launched around summer 2013, when clinical studies have been completed.

Axon has 15 years of clinical experience with migraine, blepharospasm, and other light sensitive conditions

Founder and neural-ophthalmologist Dr. Bradley Katz has been treating light sensitive patients at the Moran Eye Center since 1995. His personal experience with, and his commitment to, these patients led to the founding of Axon Optics. Dr. Katz and his colleagues at Moran know how these conditions affect activities such as work, shopping, and social activities. His daily interactions with patients means that Axon benefits from the constant innovation at Moran in meeting the needs of these patients. Research on the efficacy of FL-41 in blepharospasm was conducted and published by Dr. Katz, and research on the neurological basis for light-sensitive migraine was co-authored by Dr. Kathleen Digre, a colleague of Dr. Katz at Moran, and a foremost expert on migraine.

All Migraine Glasses are not created equal. Axon Optics has the technical expertise to deliver consistent quality 

axon opticsOne of Dr. Katz’ first research projects was to determine if his patients were getting the same FL-41 therapeutic lenses from different sources. He was surprised to find wide variations in the quality, spectral characteristics, and optical densities of tints purchased from different optical shops and laboratories. Axon Optics uses the FL-41 lenses preferred by the Moran Eye Center and used for thousands of patients. It includes a high-end anti-reflective coating to reduce glare.  Our chief technical officer, Dr. Steve Blair, has more than 15 years experience in biomedical optics and optical systems. He has access to state-of-the art spectroscopic measurement equipment to insure that our products consistently meet Axon’s specifications and provide the greatest therapeutic benefit to customers.

There is no “one size fits all” in glasses: Axon has a variety of frame sizes and shapes to accommodate your needs

People with more severe light sensitivity might prefer a “wrap” style frame that minimizes light coming around the frame. People who are less light sensitive or who do not like the wrap style can choose a more traditional frame. One of our most popular products, “fitovers,” can be worn over existing prescription eyewear. Axon is able to accommodate prescription lenses, including bifocals and progressive (“no-line”) lenses. Don’t see something you need on our website? Just ask: We can probably get it for you!

Our profits are used to support ongoing research and product development  

We are not satisfied with the currently available treatments for light sensitivity and you shouldn’t be either. In conjunction with the Moran Eye Center and Tecport Optics, Axon is developing the next generation of products to help people with migraine and other light sensitive conditions. It is Axon’s mission to provide people with the best, and widest variety of, options for treating their light sensitivity.

Axon Team:

Brad Katz, MD, PhD: Brad is a neuro-ophthalmologist and has treated numerous patients with migraine, blepharospasm, photophobia, and other light sensitive conditions for more than 15 years.

Steve Blair, PhD:  Steve is a researcher with expertise in bio-optics and optical systems, including design, simulation, fabrication, and testing. He has authored over 100 scientific publications that have been cited over 1500 times by other researchers.

Ben Rollins:  Ben previously co-founded an ophthalmic medical device company whose product is now going through clinical studies in preparation for FDA clearance.  He was also part of the marketing team that launched a new online company for Gap Inc.

Virginia Palyka: Virginia is our Online Store Manager.  Having suffered for years from migraines and painful light sensitivity, she now helps other sufferers find relief.  

Lilli Martin: Lilli is our e-commerce shipping and inventory control specialist who comes to us from a background of retail visual design and warehousing. She also gets visual auras – so she enjoys helping others with light sensitivity too!