Born From Cutting Edge

Axon Optics is a high tech startup formed after a neuro-ophthalmologist, photonics researcher, and ophthalmic entrepreneur got together during the summer of 2010 to help people with photosensitive migraines by using the latest research performed at the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center.

The first line of products was based upon FL-41 glasses and launched in June 2011. Improvements to the lenses and frames have been ongoing. Research is currently underway at the University of Utah and other clinics in an ongoing effort to develop improved eyewear for light sensitive conditions.

27 years of clinical experience

Neuro-ophthalmologist and scientist Dr. Bradley Katz has been treating light-sensitive patients at the University’s Moran Eye Center since 1995. When not treating patients, Dr. Katz is researching why light causes pain, and his work has resulted in peer-reviewed publications and speaking engagements at many neurological conferences. He and his colleagues understand how light sensitivity affects people’s work, family, and social activities.

Dr. Katz’s interactions with patients and his technical research on photophobia result in valuable feedback. This knowledge is funneled into lens and frame innovation to meet the needs of those with light sensitivity.

Why Axon Optics

Ongoing Research

We use our profits to support ongoing research and product development. We aren’t satisfied with the treatments currently available for light sensitivity, and you shouldn’t be either. In conjunction with eye clinics and neurological clinics, Axon is developing new products to help people with migraine and other light-sensitive conditions. Axon’s mission is to provide people with the best and widest variety of options for treating light sensitivity.


In addition to Dr. Katz, our chief technical officer, Dr. Steve Blair, has more than 15 years experience in biomedical optics and optical systems. He has access to state-of-the-art spectroscopic measurement equipment to insure our products consistently meet Axon’s specifications while providing the greatest therapeutic benefit to customers.


At Axon Optics we understand that not all “migraine glasses” are created equally. One study looked at where people were getting their therapeutic lenses. An analysis of product quality and effectiveness showed that quality, spectral characteristics, and optical densities of tints varied widely from one optical shop or laboratory to another. Axon Optics has developed a proprietary lens used by thousands of people.

Frame Options

People with more severe light sensitivity might prefer a wrap style frame that minimizes light coming around the frame. People who are less light sensitive or don’t like the wrap style can choose a more traditional frame. One of our most popular products, fitovers, can be worn over existing prescription eyewear. Axon is able to accommodate prescription lenses. Don’t see what you want on our website? Just ask—we can probably get it for you!

Meet Our Team

Nestled at the edge of the Rocky Mountains, our team is either conducting groundbreaking research at a nearby facility or making discoveries in our engineering department or helping people who have light sensitivity find the right solution.

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Ben Rollins

Founder and Operator
Ben previously founded multiple technology companies including an ophthalmic medical device company whose product is now going through clinical studies in preparation for FDA clearance. He has been the principal investigator on National Science Foundation and Department of Defense research projects. A TEDxSaltLakeCity and entrepreneurship speaker.
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Steve Blair

Founder and Chief Technologist
Steve is a researcher with expertise in bio-optics and optical systems, including design, simulation, fabrication, and testing. He has authored over 100 scientific publications that have been cited over 1500 times by other researchers.
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Bradley Katz, MD, PhD

Founder and Chief Scientist
Dr Katz specializes in neuro-ophthalmology and evaluates patients with diseases that affect the optic nerve, diseases that affect eye movements and neurologic diseases that affect vision. Dr. Katz’s research interests include photophobia and neurologic conditions. Dr. Katz is a tenured Professor in the Dept of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and holds an Adjunct appointment in the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah.

Braxton Wilhelmsen

Growth Manager
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Amanda Gamel

Logistics Manager
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Nicole Rollins

Customer Success

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