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Migraine Glasses for Light Sensitivity Relief

Migraine glasses, or migraine sunglasses, can be an effective (and natural) way to treat migraines. Research studies have shown that glasses for migraine can relieve painful light sensitivity and reduce migraine attacks.

Axon Optics migraine glasses were created by Dr. Bradley Katz, MD, Ph.D., who is a neuro-ophthalmologist and professor at the University of Utah Medical Center. Dr. Katz’s research expertise includes light sensitivity (“photophobia”) and neurologic conditions associated with light sensitivity, such as migraine.

Interestingly, Dr. Katz's published research has been cited by knock-offs that their products are effective. Not all migraine glasses are created equal. Find relief with the experts who pioneered the technology. Choose Axon Optics migraine glasses.

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Reduce Migraines and Relieve Light Sensitivity

Over the last 8 years, we've been giving our customers a clinically validated survey called HIT-6 (Headache Impact Test), which measures the effectiveness of specific migraine and headache treatments. Here are the results users reported:

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24% fewer headaches

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38% decrease in light sensitivity impact

Reduces the impact of light

88% of users saw a reduction in light impact

Reduce the impact of headaches

87% of users saw a reduction in headache impact

How Do Migraine Glasses Work?

More than 90% of migraine sufferers are sensitive to light. For some, light sensitivity is not only a symptom of migraine, but also a trigger. Fortunately, not all light is harmful. According to a recent clinical study, only certain wavelengths of light are responsible for triggering migraines and causing photophobia.

Axon Optics migraine glasses and migraine sunglasses utilize technology only previously available in labs and universities. It's a special tint called FL-41 that we’ve modified and honed with years of research. It works by filtering out the harmful light so that they never reach your eyes. Migraine eyeglasses are a great way to find natural migraine relief without the side effects (and cost) of medication.

Migraine Studies

This is what can happen when you start wearing Axon Optics glasses for migraine and light sensitivity.

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In a recent study, a team of academic researchers analyzed how this type of lens affects patients with a light-sensitive condition called BEB. By wearing the lens, the patients saw a 2x improvement in their severity of light sensitivity compared to wearing regular grey lenses.

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A study performed by researchers at the University of Birmingham tested a group of migraine patients by having them wear migraine glasses with FL-41 lenses. Participants experienced a reduction in the number of migraines, from over 6 episodes per month to under 2 episodes per month.

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Not All Lenses Are Created Equal

Studies have been conducted on the quality of precision-tinted lenses such as orange, rust, and green lenses.

Lenses from different optical shops and laboratories had wide variations in not only quality but also spectral characteristics and optical densities.

Meaning, it's crucial that you choose a vendor who has a track record of outstanding quality and results. You only got two eyeballs, so make sure you treat them right!

Why Axon Optics Migraine Glasses?

  • Created by a neuro-ophthalmologist and researcher named Dr. Bradley J. Katz, who has been treating patients for over 20 years.
  • Designed out of a lab at the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center.
  • Lens options: indoor, outdoor, and transition lenses.
  • Glasses include an advanced anti-glare coating to prevent light from reflecting off of the backside of the lens into your eye - reduces smudges, fingerprints, and scratches.
  • Founded by a neuro-ophthalmologist, photonics researcher, and ophthalmic entrepreneur.
  • Our proprietary rose-tinted lenses have tested to be significantly better than generic FL-41 offered by most optical shops.

Do Tinted Glasses for Migraines Work?

Since everybody is different and unique, we can't say for certain that our indoor eyewear for migraines will provide light sensitivity relief or a reduction in the number of migraine episodes you have per month.

However, based on the amount of 5-star reviews we've received AND the overwhelmingly positive results from our clinically validated HIT-6 survey given to over 1,000 users, we can say that the odds of finding some relief are in your favor!

If you're one of the few that don't find relief, we offer a very generous 60-day return policy.

Frame Options

Standard Protection

Standard Migraine Glasses Frame

Standard glasses blocks most light.

Peripheral Protection

Wrap eyeglasses frame

Glasses block additional light from sides due to curved lenses and frame.

Max Protection

Gasket frame

Curved lenses, frame, and inner gasket provide maximum protection from light.

Prescription Protection

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This style frame fits over prescriptions frames.

What About Sunglasses?

Yes, regular sunglasses can provide immediate relief from painful light sensitivity. But, according to a recent study published in Elsevier Survey of Ophthalmology, wearing sunglasses indoors could eventually make your migraine-related light sensitivity worse. Yikes! This is because sunglasses block all types of light (and a lot of it)!

Eventually, your eyes will adapt to the darkness. And with enough time, even the dimmest of lights could be aggravatingly sensitive. To avoid this, it's necessary to only block the offending light, and not ALL the light. 

Use Indoor Sunglasses

The solution? Axon Optics specially tinted indoor sunglasses. These glasses will not dark adapt your eyes, so you can comfortably wear them indoors to protect your eyes from fluorescent lights, or other interior lights in your office or home. And in the cases where you're outside, you can try our outdoor sunglasses for migraines.  

Glasses for Migraine Reviews

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Love my axons!

"I’ve been wearing these since 2015 or so. I work in healthcare under fluorescents (one of my biggest triggers). This is the only way I have been able to continue my career once my migraines became a daily problem. The new immunotherapy drugs have helped but I will never be without a pair of axons. I’ve let friends try mine (migraineurs and non migraineurs) and everyone notices the 'rest' their eyes feel." - Meghan E.

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Migraine glasses are awesome!

"Your migraine glasses are awesome! When I feel a migraine coming on, instead of reaching for meds, I now reach for these glasses. And they work... every time! I am so grateful for these amazing glasses!" - Mary D.

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Amazing.

"I love these glasses so much! They are so extremely helpful in managing my frequent headaches. I no longer dread going to stores or working under artificial lighting all day. I will continue to buy more!" - Bianca C.

60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Give Axon Optics precision-tinted migraine lenses a 60-day test drive. If you don’t experience a reduction in migraine episodes or migraine-related light sensitivity relief, send them back and we'll refund your money as soon as we can!

Migraine Glasses FAQs

Blue light glasses are designed to block blue-violet light, which may help ease the discomfort of overexposure. However, the wavelengths of light that typically trigger migraines are blue-green, not blue-violet. So while blue-blocking glasses can reduce eye strain, they don’t block the specific type of light that has been shown to aggravate and trigger migraine attacks. 

The truth is, blue-blocking glasses just don’t block the right wavelength of light to be effective for those with photophobia and migraines. If you have photophobia, Axon Optics’ precision-tinted lenses can block the specific type of light that has been shown to aggravate and trigger migraine attacks. They come with a 30-day guarantee. Try them and see how they can help you live with fewer migraines.

If you want to wear Axon Eyewear indoors and outdoors, tinting can be applied to separate pairs of glasses so that you can have a dark pair for outdoor wear and a lighter pair for indoor wear. This is the most comfortable way to wear our tint, as most people would not want to wear a sunglass frame in the office, or an office eyeglass frame in the sun. Some customers wear the “indoor” tint at all times, but use our outdoor tint or regular sunglasses for outdoor use. You can also consider our tinted transitions lenses, which can be used both indoors and outdoors.  Our outdoor tint is the most therapeutic but would be too dark for most people to use indoors.

Visual snow is a condition that is considered to be relatively rare, but obtaining exact statistics is not easy because many patients don’t realize they have it or don’t realize that it is not normal. Over the years patients have faced many challenges. It was not regarded as a “real” condition by many doctors. Visual snow patients were often treated similar to those with chronic pain and conditions like fibromyalgia. Many times they were told that it was “all in their head” or the result of past or present illicit drug use. The clinical term for visual snow is aeropsia but it may also be referred to as “visual static” or “positive persistent visual disturbance.” Some of the more common treatments include vision therapy, medication, diet, and precision tinted glasses. Axon Optics migraine glasses block the light that has been implicated in triggering reactions and can worsen the condition. Our frames have a 60-day return policy should you find them ineffective. 

In order to fully understand the function of migraine glasses, it is important to first understand the nature of migraines. Make no mistake, a migraine is much more than a headache. Migraines themselves are incredibly painful, but these attacks often come with other symptoms — such as light sensitivity — that can make them excruciating.

Treatment can be a challenge too, because everyone experiences their migraines in unique ways. The symptoms and triggers are as varied as the people who get them. However, there are a handful of triggers that are pretty consistent with the majority of migraineurs, and light sensitivity tops the list.

Since light sensitivity is reported as both a common symptom and a common trigger (especially when it comes to glare), it’s no surprise that a controlled study found that bright lights caused headaches in 29% of those surveyed, and aggravated headaches in 73% (along with other factors like skipping meals and stress).

To some extent, everyone is sensitive to light. For example, looking directly into the sun would be painful for anyone. But most people with migraine disease are hypersensitive to light. A sunny day that delights most of us can be excruciating for them, but even indoor lighting can hurt. It’s this degree of light sensitivity that sets them apart. In fact, more than 90% of people with migraine disease are sensitive to light (Source: Evans et al). And as you saw with Steven’s story above, ugly fluorescent lights can be particularly bothersome.

So, the natural conclusion here would be to block the light, right? Well, that’s easier said than done. For decades, migraineurs would retreat to darkened rooms or slip on dark sunglasses in order to ease their symptoms or keep migraines at bay. While these efforts seemed to work a little, they did not prove to be long term solutions.

And the research began.

The good news is that research shows only certain wavelengths of light are likely to aggravate migraines (Source Katz B). So, it logically follows that finding a way to block those particular wavelengths should provide relief and even protection from light-triggered migraines.

Migraine glasses filter the light that has been implicated in triggering and aggravating migraine attacks. They use a special coating on the lenses that is specifically designed to keep the “bad” light out and let the good light in. No substantially altered vision, no dark-adapted eyes, just light protection. Axon Optics migraine glasses have been shown to reduce the number of days with headache by 24%. An incredible 90% of those who tried them experienced a decrease in migraine attacks.

If you are eager to learn more about migraine glasses, check out our guide here.

Every migraineur is different. You are unique. Your situation, environment, and the way you react are all uniquely yours. With that said, you need to find our own comfort level and what works best for you.

Some people wear their Axon Optics migraine glasses all the time. Others wear them only in situations where they feel light sensitivity — such as under fluorescent lights at work or going into a store. There are as many user variances as there are users.

Our research shows that 35% of users wear their glasses all the time, and more than 60% wear them most of the time.

Migraine glasses have a special lens that blocks the wavelengths that are known to trigger light sensitivity symptoms but allow other types of light to filter through. This reduces the wearer’s exposure to those wavelengths that are most likely to cause light-triggered symptoms while allowing them to see clearly.

On the visible spectrum of light, the human eye responds to wavelengths that are from 380 to 740 nanometers. This is also where the pure colors (a single wavelength) reside. Certain colors that are unsaturated (purple, pink, etc.) don’t appear, because multiple wavelengths are required to create them.

The seven pure spectral colors are listed below. What has been determined through research is that the wavelengths around 480 and 590 tend to be the most problematic for people with photophobia.

 

  • Violet – 380-450 nm
  • Blue – 450-485 nm
  • Cyan – 485-500 nm
  • Green – 500-565 nm
  • Yellow – 565-590 nm
  • Orange – 590-625 nm
  • Red – 625-740 nm

Our migraine sunglasses are a great way to find migraine and light sensitivity relief. Migraine sunglasses have the same migraine relief filter as our regular glasses, but they have a slightly darker tint to combat the bright outdoor lights. Axon Optics also offers transition lenses so that you don't have to worry about purchasing multiple frames.