FL-41 Glasses For Migraines/Photophobia
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What are Migraines, and how is it different from a headache?
Can’t look at bright lights when having a migraine or headache? What does having a migraine even mean?
According to Medical News Today, headaches cause pain of varying intensity and frequency around the head including the forehead, temples and back of the neck. A headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. The most common headache type is a tension headache.
Migraines, on the other hand, produce symptoms that are more intense and debilitating than headaches. It is an extremely painful primary headache disorder, that is felt as an “intense pounding headache”, that can last for hours and even worse, days.
The pain normally starts in the forehand, the side of the head, or around the eyes. A migraine will continue to get worse, and any movement, bright light or even loud noises will cause it to hurt more.
What Is Photophobia
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Photophobia affects around 80% of people living with migraines. It is one of the main criteria used to diagnose migraines. Well, you may wonder what is photophobia? It is another term for light sensitivity, and as its name states it means “fear of light”. This may not actually mean you have a fear for light, but photophobia is mainly used to describe people who experience pain when exposed to light or people who are more sensitive to light.
Why Does Photophobia Happen
Have you wondered what the link between light and head pains are? Well, most may assume that the problem lies within the eye. However, photophobia is a neurological problem that involves the communication between your eyes and your brain. The part of the eye that relays photophobia to the brain is vastly different from the part that transmits vision. One interesting fact is that a person could be completely blind and still be sensitive to light.
What Causes Photophobia
Photophobia is not an eye disease, but more of a symptom of many conditions such as infection or inflammation that can cause irritation to the eyes. Additionally, people with a lighter eye color also may experience more light sensitivity in environments such as bright sunlight, because darker-colored eyes contain more pigment to protect against harsh lighting.
Some other common causes of photophobia include corneal abrasion, uveitis, and a central nervous system disorder such as meningitis. Light sensitivity can also be associated with a detached retina, contact lens irritation, sunburn, and refractive surgery.
Hyperion’s Recommendation for Migraines: FL-41 Lens Filters
At Hyperion, we recommend that the immediate first steps are to dissociate yourself from triggers if you feel that an impending migraine is coming. Some migraine triggers are stress and anxiety, so activity managing these stress triggers are also important. Keeping medication nearby can also be helpful for symptomatic relief.
However, for individuals who are long-term sufferers of migraines, you may want to consider adding a certain type of “rose” tint to your glasses. This special “rose” colored tint is called ‘FL-41’, and they can be beneficial in blocking light that triggers migraines.
As many as 90% of those who suffer from migraines report sensitivity to light, and according an article by the University of Utah, the FL-41 filter & colored tint can help ease symptoms such as migraine headaches, blepharospasm, light-triggered seizures, computer vision syndrome as well as other light-sensitive/triggering conditions.
The usage of FL-41 lenses was first documented back in a research project in the early 90s. In one study, children with migraine headaches were given FL-41 lenses, and researchers found that wearing the FL-41 filter improved the light sensitivity in these children, and lessened the frequency and severity of their migraine headaches. Since then, FL-41 filtered lenses have been used to treat these and other conditions.
FL-41 lenses are also known to be an effective blue light filtering lens, filtering out blue light in the upper 480-520nm range of blue-violet light wavelength, which have been identified as primary light-related culprits of migraine and other light-sensitive conditions.
Know of someone who constantly suffers from migraines? Or are you an existing long term sufferer of migraines yourself? Please enquire with us through WhatsApp at +65 8022 1111 with regard to FL-41 lenses to help someone manage his/her migraine symptoms better.
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