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)
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 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.Mari
- 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 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.Chris
- 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.Andy
- 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
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
I have lived my entire life with light sensitivity, otherwise known as photophobia. As a young child I was called a bat because I couldn’t handle light and was much happier in the dark or dusk. Besides the intermittent, unpredictable pain I have on a daily basis – my fibro and PA likes to mess with my eyes regularly.November 10, 2016
Migraines can be triggered by a number of external factors. As a migraine sufferer, you can reduce your likelihood of an attack by limiting your exposure to these triggers; but when it comes to controlling your surroundings that’s usually easier said than done. Controlling your environment is difficult in public settings, especially in the workplace. When you’re at work, you’reAugust 11, 2016
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For some people around the country, chronic migraines are a crippling reality. What many people don’t know is what triggers these migraines. Think you know common migraine triggers? Take our quiz and find out!June 28, 2016
Light sensitivity can be subtle – very subtle – and now two studies have revealed some surprising facts about light and migraines that could have an impact on the way the headaches are diagnosed. Read here to learn more.May 25, 2016
Dr. Katz, MD, PhD, of the Moran Eye Institute at the University of Utah Medical Center answers common — and uncommon — questions on Light Sensitivity, Light Sensitivity Causes, Light Sensitivity Treatments, and more.
1) What is light sensitivity?
2) Why do migraines cause light sensitivity?
3) Is there treatment for light sensitivity?
4) If I don’t like to wear sunglasses, what can I do about…December 26, 2015