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Glasses for Vestibular Migraine

You get dizzy? Like, really dizzy, where you can’t do much if you can get up at all.

It's not a “too much spinning on the playground equipment” dizziness. No, it comes out of the blue and can last several minutes or drag on for days and you have this feeling of spinning or moving.

On top of all that, you may have a headache, see flashing or shimmering lights, and experience a sensitivity to sound or light, or both.

Axon Optics therapeutic eyewear can be an effective (and natural) way to relieve symptoms from vestibular disorders. 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. Dr. Katz’s research expertise includes light sensitivity (“photophobia”) and neurologic conditions associated with light sensitivity, such as migraine.

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Visit these posts to learn more about light sensitivity and how Axon's glasses work. For information and resources that support people with vestibular impairment, visit VeDA's website.

Glasses for Vestibular Migraine Reviews

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Allowed me to return to normal life.

"I had vertigo for 9 months with no relief and these glasses are the only things that have allowed me to go back to my life and return to my place of work. I can now be in bright rooms and work on the computer without getting vertigo"              -Taryn

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Double vision is gone

I suffered a TBI that mostly impacted my vestibular system. I was having balance problems, had double vision, was very light sensitive, and had horrible headache. My neuro-ophthalmologist told me about Axon Optics and it has changed my life. My light sensitivity has improved and my headaches are minor compared to what they were. I am 100% convinced this is all due to the Axon glasses I have.   -Karen 

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Part of my daily life.

As a sufferer of vestibular migraines, Axon Optics eyewear is a part of my daily life. The glasses are so lightweight and comfortable I often forget I even have them on!! I get a ton of compliments on how attractive they are and how they complement my face. Great product!          -Jennifer

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

decrease in light sensitivity severity

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

Why Axon Optics Vestibular 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.

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.

Do Tinted Glasses for Vestibular Disorders 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.

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!

Vestibular FAQs

Vestibular Migraine Symptoms

The most obvious symptom of vestibular migraine is, of course, dizziness. It isn’t necessarily continuous but tends to come and go. You may feel dizzy for five minutes, several hours, or up to three days. The truth is, around 40% of people who suffer from migraine also experience some type of vestibular problem as some point during the attack.

Specific vestibular symptoms include:

  • Spontaneous vertigo
  • Positional vertigo
  • Vertigo or dizziness caused by head motion
  • Postural unsteadiness
  • Oscillopsia (objects in the field of vision appear to move or oscillate even though they are still)
  • Vertigo or dizziness induced visually
  • Directional pulsion (falling in a certain direction while walking, standing, or sitting)

That is the symptom that most people look for first, but that isn’t the only symptom – and it isn’t enough for your doctor to make a diagnosis either.Other vestibular migraine symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Problems with balance
  • Disoriented or confused
  • Hypersensitive to sound
  • Photophobia or light sensitivity
  • Severe sensitivity to motion – dizziness is increased when you move your body, eyes, or head (often increases nausea as well)
  • Feeling of being unsteady, like you are in a boat that is rocking on rough waves

While it is possible to experience dizziness and problems with your balance without any type of headache or migraine, it is also possible to experience vertigo symptoms at any point of your migraine – before an attack, during it, or after.

A study published in Neurology Advisor found that more than 70% of their test subjects had anxiety while more than 40% had depression. Additionally, 26% had insomnia. It is difficult to tell if these are comorbidities that existed prior to the migraine attacks, if the attacks brought them to the surface, or if the attacks caused them.Some people have migraines for years, only to have the vertigo symptoms begin later in life. If you have a history of migraine and you have vertigo, even if they don’t occur together, it is likely that you have vestibular migraine. Also, while this type of migraine is more prevalent in older adults, children can get them too.

We have over a thousand responses to the HIT 6 clinical survey showing that Axon Optics glasses are effective in reducing headache days and headache severity.

Interestingly, we also have dozens of customer reviews from people with vestibular disorders sharing how happy they are our therapeutic eyewear has helped relieve their vestibular symptoms, like vertigo and light sensitivity. The best way to know if our therapeutic eyewear will be helpful for you is to try it. We offer free domestic shipping + returns and a 60-day money-back guarantee so you can try them for yourself.

Taryn and dozens of others have shared their experiences of having vestibular symptoms relieved: "I had vertigo for 9 months with no relief and these glasses are the only things that have allowed me to go back to my life and return to my place of work. I can now be in bright rooms and work on the computer without getting vertigo."

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.