Do Indoor Sunglasses for Light Sensitivity Really Work? | Axon Optics



Woman holding indoor sunglasses with rose colored lenses

There’s been a lot of discussion lately, in the media and in the medical world, about precision tinted glasses and their effectiveness in combating light sensitivity. Many people who deal with photophobia use these glasses – that resemble sunglasses – and sing their praises. Indoors is another story, though. Fluorescent lighting, some LED lights, the glare from computer screens, even the bounced light shining through a window can all launch a veritable assault on the person with light sensitive eyes. In these cases, indoor sunglasses definitely make sense. The questions them becomes, do they work?

Indoor Sunglasses are Not New

Indoor sunglasses with specially tinted lenses are not exactly a new technology. The concept has been around for decades and scientists have been working to perfect it. The difference is, today’s glasses are more stylish and have more research behind them. Several studies suggest that these very special indoor sunglasses may help some people who suffer from light sensitivity. They do this by blocking certain types of light. When a person who is sensitive to that type of light wears the glasses, they may provide some level of protection, shielding the person’s eyes from the offending rays. Some believe that these special lenses can actually control the light, thus controlling the light sensitivity. There just might be something to these indoor sunglasses.

Studies Support the Effectiveness of Therapeutic Lenses

There have been several scientific studies conducted to determine the effectiveness of precision tinted lenses on light sensitivity, especially as it relates to migraine headaches. The results have been very positive. In “Shedding Light on Photophobia,” doctors Kathleen B. Digre and K.C. Brennan explore photophobia and a number of potential remedies, including rose tinted lenses. They specifically studied the FL-41 tint and how people with light sensitivity responded. The results were very favorable with not only positive feedback from the users, but also their own medical exams they conducted to record involuntary responses.

Another study published in 2009 involved people who had benign essential blepharospasm; sensitivity to light is one of the primary symptoms. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of the FL-41 lenses as a viable way to help people whose eyes are sensitive to light. By these accounts, these specially tinted indoor sunglasses can help at least some people who have difficulty tolerating certain types of light. In fact, some people are calling them “light sensitivity glasses” because they work for well for them.

What do the People Say?

While science says that the glasses may help some people, ultimately, it’s the actual users who have the final say. They are the ones suffering with light sensitivity and wearing the glasses – and the response has been incredible. Even here at Axon, our awesome customers send us letters every day telling us what a difference our precision tinted lenses have made in their lives. We have precision tinted lenses, including FL-41 lenses, for both outside and inside. There are many styles available for men and women. Take a look and see for yourself – they just might help you too.

Have you used “indoor sunglasses”? How did they work for you?

5 thoughts on “Do Indoor Sunglasses for Light Sensitivity Really Work?

  1. Joyce G Beers says:

    These lenses literally have me back my life! I couldn’t go anywhere that had fluorescent lighting-and nearly everywhere does! Since getting my first pair several years ago I have resumed my normal life and tell everyone about them!

  2. Diane Barrett says:

    I am amazed at how well these tinted lenses work. Computer work is so much easier with these glasses. The glare is now tolerable. So happy I decided to purchase! I found the frames I wanted for a petite face and had them directly shipped to Axon. I’ve received many compliments. Customer service was also wonderful. My emails were answered quickly.
    I have recommend these lenses to many already.

  3. Nicole Ritchie says:

    These glasses have really allowed me to travel with out fear of migraines. While I still gripe about bright lights in certain areas, I would never trade this particular brand over coasta’s polarized .

  4. Norma says:

    I’m straining to read this, unless I enlarge the print to the max. The only print easy to read in this presentation for people with both vision and light sensitive eyeballs, are the bold titles. Try using a regular black print. Grey or shades of grey do not work.

    • Virginia says:

      I’m sorry to hear that this is difficult for you to read, Norma. My recommendation would be to have your computer optimized for high-contrast and high-visibility, which is an accessibility feature on most computers. You can also add a comfort filter such as f.lux, which can be downloaded at

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