Light Sensitivity

Axon Optics glasses block the light that has been implicated in triggering sensitivity to light

Photophobia Facts

People who suffer from migraines tend to have more light sensitivity (aka: photophobia) than the general population. About 80% of those who suffer say photophobia is a trigger for their migraines. (American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Day Sleepers

Photophobia, or light sensitivity, can become so severe that sunlight can be unbearable. Some migraine sufferers can only find photosensitivity relief by working third-shift jobs and sleeping during the day.

Photophobia Glasses Study

A patient study at the University of Utah concluded that patients preferred Fl-41 lenses, such as Axon Optics SpectraShield™ lenses to regular sunglasses for photophobia relief.

Other Light Sensitive Conditions

Light sensitivity is not limited to migraines. Other common conditions with symptoms of photophobia include blepharospasm, retinitis, meningitis, pituitary tumors, agoraphobia, and traumatic brain injuries.

Light Sensitivity

Light is a common trigger for migraines.  Axon Optic’s specially tinted glasses block the light that has been implicated in exacerbating sensitivity to light. Control the light sensitivity.

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What our users say

“ I used to have a headache pretty much every Sunday/Monday from the fluorescent lights and from glare reflecting off doors and windows at church. Sometimes I started hurting within the first few minutes of arriving. Wearing these glasses protects my eyes, and now I come home feeling much better than I used to.”



“I was skeptical however I was sick of taking the migraine meds to knock the migraines. After 4 weeks I am completely sold on these glasses and wear them daily at work!”

Brad Rossetti

“I have the indoor tint. I get 2 to 4 migraines a week and these glasses have made it easier for me to function in fluorescent light or bright natural light.”

Melissa H

“The tinted contacts have enabled me to work in fluorescent light, despite having light sensitivity. They are extremely effective and so comfortable. I have worn my first pair for a full year and they've been fantastic!”

Nancy T

“Very helpful. I've suffered from light sensitivity for five years. It wasn't a cure but rather, it is one more tool for me to use to protect my eyes. Also, they are very well made.”


“The first time I put on my glasses the relief was nearly instantaneous. I was happily amazed and thankful that there was something that could correct my photophobia.”


What is Light Sensitivity (Photophobia)

Photophobia, or photosensitivity, is a Greek word meaning a sensitivity to light. It’s a symptom common in many disorders, especially migraines, and it can become debilitating and affect the sufferer’s quality of life. This is why light sensitivity treatments are so important if a patient wishes to remain fully functional and enjoy life. Symptoms can be exacerbated during the day or during seasons when sunlight is more abundant, and many people who suffer with photophobia function better in the evening hours. Symptoms can be prevented or controlled with treatments for light sensitivity, including FL-41 tinted glasses and sunglasses, so that severe-photophobia sufferers don’t have to confine their lives to the evening hours.

What Triggers Photophobia?

Natural and artificial sources of light can trigger photophobia. Sunlight, particularly when leaving a dark interior space, such as walking out of a movie theater or a driving out of a highway tunnel, can trigger an episode of photophobia. If there is a susceptibility, it is important to have treatments for this sensitivity to light handy, such as light-filtering sunglasses with Fl-41 lenses, to remedy any photosensitivity. Artificial sources of light that can be strong triggers of photophobia include light with blue or green wavelengths. Blue light in particular, common in electronics such as computers and smartphones, can not only trigger light sensitivity but disrupt our sleep patterns and, over time, can damage our eyes.

Light Sensitivity Articles

Wearing Sunglasses Indoors is a Bad Idea

“I have had extreme photophobia for a year. I am now able to function in the house with glasses — but blinds are down. At night, I use low wattage incandescent bulbs with dimmers and 25 watt amber lights in lamps that diffuse light. When I go out I wear two pairs of sunglasses and [...]
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Migraine Contact Lenses: Colorful Contacts for Light Sensitivity and Migraine Relief

There was a time when therapeutic tinted lenses for light sensitivity were only available as glasses. Thanks to exciting developments at Axon Optics, that is no longer the case. Migraine contact lenses are available through the Axon Optics website and the positive testimonials are pouring in as customers say they bring much needed relief to [...]
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Four Ways to Cope When Light Causes Problems | Podcast with Dr. Katz and MigraineAgain

Neuro-Ophthalmologist and founder of Axon Optics, Dr. Bradley Katz, recently participated in a podcast with MigraineAgain’s Paula Dumas.  He discusses four ways to cope when light causes problems.  Please click here to listen to the podcast: 003: The Dangers of Hiding in the Dark with Dr. Bradley Katz
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Light Sensitivity and the Solar Eclipse: Tips for Eye Safety

On August 21, 2017, millions of people from all over the world will descend upon a handful of cities across the United States to witness an event that doesn’t come along every day – the Great American Total Solar Eclipse. As the moon slowly passes in front of the sun, it will block out the [...]
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Do Indoor Sunglasses for Light Sensitivity Really Work?

Indoor Sunglasses 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 [...]
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Are Blue Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Are blue eyes sensitive to light? Or aren’t they? Doctors and researchers have been grappling with this question for years, leaving the medical community somewhat divided. On one side, there are qualified doctors who say yes, light or blue eyes are more sensitive to light. On the other side, there are equally qualified doctors who [...]
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