How a Pair of Glasses Could Help Migraine Headaches
It is estimated that almost half of the world’s population suffer from headaches, with 42% suffering from tension headaches and 11% from migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are known to cause sensory discomfort for many patients, which often affects vision and eye comfort. Read on to discover how you could achieve migraine relief with transition lenses, reflective sunglasses and blue light blocking glasses now.
What is a migraine headache?
It is believed that migraine headaches are a result of abnormal communication between nerves, chemicals, and blood vessels in the brain. They are characterized by an intense throbbing pain which often occurs on one side of the head, but can spread to both sides and even to the back of the neck.
Migraines due to eye strain or need for vision correction?
Eye Strain can occur whenever you are using your eyes to focus on a task for a long period of time. When we focus our eyes, we tend not to blink as often as we should which can cause eye strain, but eye strain could also be caused by a general vision problem. If you’re experiencing migraines, be sure to have your eyes checked by a licenced professional to rule out vision problems as a potential cause.
What is the difference between tension and migraine headaches?
A tightening feeling around the head is often a sign that you’re suffering from a tension headache; whilst intense throbbing indicates you have a migraine. Though not always the case, moderate to severe headaches can be a clear indicator that you’re suffering from a migraine headache rather than a tension headache.
What is photophobia?
While there are many symptoms of migraine headaches, one of the most commonly reported migraine pains is photophobia, or extreme sensitivity to light. Photophobia is not a condition but rather a symptom of another underlying complication, such as migraine headaches. It is a result of the connection between the cells in your eyes that detect light and the nerves that go to your head, making it a common complaint among migraine patients.
How can photochromic lenses help with migraine headaches?
Wearing photochromic lenses is one way to relieve migraine pain. Photochromic lenses darken when in contact with direct UV lights and could be a good option for migraine patients who suffer from photophobia. One of the main benefits of photochromic lenses is their adaptability, providing clear vision indoors and optimal eye protection under direct sunlight. Need some help picking some? We recommend the stylish Ginza Sun lenses from Etnia Barcelona or the classic Ray-Ban Aviator frames with photochromic lenses.
What sunglasses can help with photophobia?
Reflective sunglasses have a special reflective coating on the outside of the lenses that reflect certain harmful light rays. This coating can also be considered mirrored coating as it appears to create two reflective mirrors. It reflects more light than average polarized lenses, which makes them a good choice for patients who suffer from photophobia due to migraine headaches. Our top picks include the Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror glasses and the Smart Buy Glasses Linx shades.
Can blue light lenses help prevent migraine headaches?
Blue light from electronic devices is one of the most common migraine triggers. Not only can long exposure to blue light lead to a lack of sleep, (another migraine trigger), but research shows there is a neural pathway from the eyes to the brain that can make migraines worse when exposed to blue light. A pair of blue light blocking glasses can be an easy solution to help minimize the negative effects of long exposure to blue light in migraine patients. We suggest you try Arise Collective Virginia Blue Light or the Austin Blue Light Lenses.
What are ocular migraines?
Ocular migraines, or retinal migraines, are a rare form of migraine headaches that are characterized by blurry vision or even temporary vision loss in one eye. It is believed that ocular migraines are caused by spasms of blood vessels in the retina. While rare, ocular migraines can cause permanent vision damage, so it is important to see a doctor if you believe you’re experiencing these symptoms. Ocular migraines cannot be treated with glasses alone.
Ocular migraines vs. migraine auras?
While ocular migraines are a type of visual migraine, auras are a symptom of regular, recurring migraines. A migraine “aura” is a sensory disturbance, such as flashes of light, blurry vision, or other vision problems before a migraine strikes, and can last anywhere from 5-60 minutes. While there are no glasses developed to specifically treat migraine auras, you can significantly reduce the effects of migraine auras the same way you would with photophobia, opting for eyewear aimed at protecting the eye from certain harmful light rays.