Ceiling Fans, Flickering, Motion, and Migraine

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Ceiling Fans, Flickering, Motion, and Migraine


A recent question from a customer asked about ceiling fans and if it may trigger migraine attacks:

I just ordered a pair of FL-41 glasses for help with fluorescents, but am wondering if anyone out there has trouble with ceiling fans. The spinning actually makes me fall over, particularly if it catches me off guard. I’ve been told it’s some sort of tracking problem with my eyes, but it seems worse when I’m migraine-ing. Any suggestions other than pure avoidance?

Sensitivity to objects in motion can also be seen in patients with migraine. Some migraine patients get a dizzy or off-balance sensation when riding in a car and seeing the scenery move by the car. Some patients notice this “visual discomfort” when walking down an aisle at a store and seeing objects moving in their peripheral vision. It’s not clear why migraine sufferers have this sensitivity. Unfortunately, other than avoidance, as recommended in this post, there are few treatments. FL-41, while not a cure for this phenomenon can be helpful in reducing this visual discomfort.



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3 thoughts on “Ceiling Fans, Flickering, Motion, and Migraine

  1. Richard Crandall says:

    Suffer from flickering lights, fans with light. Bright reflections of of chrome, flickering light thru leaves, fluorescent lights. All trigger migraines for me. Fl 41 sunglasses have helped a lot, great for me. Coq10 And vitamin b2 also helped but Fl41 made the biggest difference.richar

  2. Penny OBrien says:

    I recently had cataract surgery. My 2nd surgery was a week ago. The biggest warning from friends was “watch out for light sensitivity “. 1st eye there wasn’t that much of a change. But my 2nd eye still stings and I need sun glasses indoors and outdoors. With my history of migraine I thought I’d be prepared but this intensity has caused daily migraines. Has anyone else had this problem. The good news is that I don’t need to wear glasses anymore except for very small print.

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