If you have glaucoma, you probably already know it can cause light sensitivity along with worsening vision. You may have wondered if special glasses for glaucoma could help you live with your condition. In this article, we’ll help you decide if these glasses are worth trying, and what you might want to look for.
But first, let’s talk about glaucoma for just a minute.
Glaucoma is a buildup of pressure inside the eye that damages the optic nerve. The impact is so gradual that many people don’t notice their worsening eyesight until there is significant vision loss. Vision loss is obviously a primary concern of anyone with glaucoma. But if you’re reading this, you probably know that light sensitivity (also called photophobia) is no joke either.
If you have glaucoma, then bright light, computer screens, or the glare of nighttime driving can be really uncomfortable. This may lead you to look for special glasses for glaucoma to help with light sensitivity and other symptoms.
What Are Glaucoma Glasses?
If you have glaucoma, your eye doctor can help you find a vision prescription that maximizes your sight (along with glaucoma medications or procedures to slow disease progression). But you might also have interest in other types of glasses to help you function better with the disease.
For glaucoma patients, it can be difficult for your vision to adapt to different environments. For example, if you have glaucoma, changes in brightness could reduce your sensitivity to contrast. This may lessen your ability to focus, and make it difficult to adjust from a bright environment to a dark one, or vice-versa.
This is just one reason why a pair of special glasses for glaucoma might be worth looking into. Let’s take a look at some of the choices.
A good pair of sunglasses is essential for anyone, especially those who are extra sensitive to sunlight. If you have glaucoma and associated light sensitivity, you might even be tempted to wear sunglasses indoors.
Unfortunately, doing this can actually dark-adapt your eyes and make your light sensitivity worse over time. So while you might feel some relief when you put them on, wearing sunglasses indoors is a bad idea.
You might use reading glasses to help you focus on close objects, such as books or detailed work like sewing. If you need reading glasses, you should wear them. They may help you function or see better when needed, but shouldn’t be considered glaucoma glasses.
Reading glasses won’t help you with light sensitivity, unless you order a special pair of magnifying photophobia lenses for reading. Photophobia lenses have been shown to filter out painful light, so reading glasses made this way could help you with both issues at once. These are available from Axon Optics.
Blue Light Glasses
Blue light glasses can be ordered pretty cheaply online. They’re said to filter blue light to help reduce the potentially harmful effects of digital screens like computers, TVs, and smartphones. While some people claim they help, there isn’t a lot of evidence to support that claim. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology doesn’t endorse blue light glasses. Instead, they recommend taking frequent breaks to ease digital eye strain. Read more about blue light glasses here.
If you’re looking for special glasses for glaucoma, trying to filter blue light with these glasses won’t do any harm. Research is ongoing, but at this point, evidence to suggest blue light glasses provide actual benefit is lukewarm at best.
Glaucoma Glasses for Eye Pressure
The pressure buildup inside the eye is what causes glaucoma to damage the optic nerve. A startup company still in clinical stages, called Bionode, is said to be developing special glaucoma glasses to potentially reduce eye pressure. These glasses would be worn with specific contact lenses which have a gold coil around the edge. Together, the contacts and glasses are said to create an electromagnetic field that delivers a tiny energy current to regulate how fluid drains from the eye.
This is fascinating stuff. However, we don’t know how long these glasses might take to develop, and whether they’ll be effective or help with glaucoma light sensitivity
Light Sensitivity Glasses for Glaucoma
If you’re looking for special glasses for glaucoma light sensitivity, try photophobia glasses by Axon Optics. While we don’t claim our glasses reduce the pressure in your eyes or slow the progression of glaucoma, they have been shown to decrease light sensitivity in 84% of users, which might help you function better.
Axon Optics users with glaucoma have reported how helpful our glasses have been.
“’I’d like to say thank you to Axon Optics for the new wraps that I just received. I put them on and got immediate relief from my light sensitivity. I’m a glaucoma patient as well. I’ve been wearing Theraspecs® rose colored glasses for a while, and the difference between the two is night and day. Thank you once more for this wonderful product.”
“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’ glasses as a potential solution for what I was experiencing.
“I’m so glad I did! These [lenses] 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 street lights. 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!”
Our photophobia glasses are available in your vision prescription. So as you work with your doctor to find a prescription that helps you see your best even with glaucoma, you can also fight the light sensitivity that adds more discomfort to your glaucoma symptoms.
If you have light sensitivity — whether it’s related to glaucoma or not — give Axon Optics light sensitivity glasses a try. They come with a 60-day money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose and serious relief to gain.