Do Indoor Sunglasses for Light Sensitivity Really Work?

Ari Magill MD

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Ari Magill, MD

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Do Indoor Sunglasses for Light Sensitivity Really Work?

Indoor Sunglasses? You must be a rock star trying to look cool, right? This is probably what someone would say if you are sporting a pair of sunglasses inside.

However, we know you’re not trying to be a rockstar, you’re seeking relief from fluorescent lighting, the glare from computer screens, and the bounced light shining through a window. These can all launch a veritable assault on the person with light sensitive eyes.

To help your light sensitive eyes, don’t wear regular sunglasses indoors, get sunglasses specifically made for indoor use.

Wearing Regular Sunglasses Indoors Can Worsen Your Light Sensitivity

Dr. Bradley Katz, a neuro-ophthalmologist at the University of Utah Medical Center and founder of Axon Optics says, “Unfortunately, by wearing dark glasses, even though one may feel better temporarily, once the glasses come off the light sensitivity can become much worse.”

He goes on, “By wearing dark glasses, the eye “dark adapts” and becomes more sensitive to light. Think of what it’s like to go outside after being in a matinee for 2 hours. The afternoon light is blinding until your eyes re-adapt to the light. Dark-adapting your eyes is a common problem for migraineurs and other sufferers of light sensitivity.”

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Instead, Use Specially Tinted Indoor Sunglasses

You can purchase specially tinted indoor sunglasses that don’t dark-adapt your eyes here. Axon Optics lenses were developed by a neuro-ophthalmologist, and have been proven to help reduce the effects of light sensitivity, including migraine. More on the specifics of that later.

The concept of indoor sunglasses (or “migraine glasses” as they are often called) has been around for decades. Scientists have been working to perfect the technology, making today’s indoor glasses better researched than ever. And fortunately, they are also more stylish.

Several studies suggest that these special indoor sunglasses may help some people who suffer from light sensitivity. They do this by blocking certain types of “bad light” while letting “good light” through. A person who is sensitive to light wears the glasses and the lenses shield the person’s eyes from the wavelengths of light most associated with triggering pain.

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Wearing regular sunglasses indoors can dark-adapt your eyes. Instead, use specially tinted “indoor sunglasses” which are specifically made for indoor use to combat light sensitivity.
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Studies Support the Effectiveness of Therapeutic Indoor 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 so well for them.

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Indoor Glasses for Light Sensitivity – By Axon Optics

What Do the People Say?

While research shows that indoor sunglasses may help 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.

Here at Axon Optics we sell a line of therapeutic eyeglasses specifically made for indoor use.  Our awesome customers send us letters every day telling us what a difference our precision tinted lenses have made in their lives. Victoria said:

Thank you so much! I LOVE these glasses. I am now able to go to the gym or the grocery store and survive artificial lighting. Recently I attended a conference for three days in a hotel that had all fluorescent lighting, and managed to avoid a migraine. I would absolutely suggest you try these if you too are sensitive to lights.

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?

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11 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.

  5. MORRIS JASPER BOYD says:

    i agree with your scientific Rose Tint Lens Remedy for indoor light sensitivity.
    What color tinted lens research PDF and axonoptics.com axion optics recommend for my Ophthalmology: I/Plan for my seven (7) assessments?
    1. Myopia of both eyes (H52.13).
    2. Regular astigmatism of both eyes (H52.223).
    3. Presbyopia of both eyes (H52.4).
    4. Sickle cell trait (D57.3).
    5. Solar retinopathy of both eyes (H31.023).
    6. Nuclear sclerotic cataract of both eyes (H25.13).
    7. Cortical age-related cataract of left eye (H25.012).

    OD advised me to use UV protection sunglasses; and that glare is likely secondary to lenticular changes.

    My OD Fundus Examination Type of Lens indicated 20/90 diopter Lens.

    • Lori Glover says:

      All of our non prescription lenses have premium anti-scratch, anti-smudge coating on the front and back sides. By allowing more light to enter the eye (not reflected), AR coatings provide sharper night vision with less glare which is a real advantage for night drivers. Our standard lenses have that AR coating on both sides so that light doesn’t reflect back into the eye and so people can see your eyes more clearly. In some cases we do not want AR on the front as it will let more bright outdoor light into the eye. We also do not recommend AR on custom orders such as prescription bifocals, transitions or hi index lenses. Please feel free to email [email protected] for more information and a list of links that may be helpful.

    • Lori Glover says:

      The indoor lens is recommended for inside activities like shopping, computer work or watching tv. The lenses are especially helpful when exposed to LED, fluorescent or computer light. The outdoor lens is comparable to over the counter sunglasses appropriate for bright outdoor light. All of our lenses have SpectraShield tint. Feel free to email [email protected] for more information.

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