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My most fabulous, migraineur-friendly sunglasses ever! (not an ad)

One of my best friends visited for a few days in July. He has spent the better part of the last few years living in Europe and Asia, so when I get to see him in the summers when he comes to Georgia it’s a real treat, and we spend several days hanging out together.

His car (“Eleanor”) lives at his dad’s house whenever he’s out of the country, and when he reclaimed it this summer there were some odds and ends in the car that didn’t belong to him.

What some stranger (his dad? A friend who borrowed the car?) left behind in the car became my treasure.

Y’all, I am talking about some AWESOME migraine-friendly sunglasses. They’re dorky, but not as dorky as you’d imagine when you hear the phrase “wraparound, polarized sunglasses.” So maybe I won’t use that phrase.

The second I put them on I started gushing.

“Joe. These are awesome. They have a section on top that blocks sunlight from coming in the crack between your forehead and the rims!”

“Oh. Cool.”

“JOE! Look at this! They wrap around the side, too—but instead of having solid plastic on the sides, there’s another lens. That means my peripheral vision is darkened but not blocked.”

“That’s great!”

“JOE!! These are the coolest glasses ever. I love these! Where did you get these? I have to find ones like this. Look! They’re polarized! That’s what all good sunglasses should be but I’m usually too cheap to buy anything but the really inexpensive kind that aren’t polarized.”

“You can have those.”

“What?! Really?”

(And from that point onward I continued to gush, much to the confusion and amusement of Joe, who was happy to pass on glasses to me, especially if they made me so happy.)

The Migraine Girl wears sunglasses at night.

A couple of weeks ago, Jim & I watched a DVD on my laptop while we lay in bed. I was feeling the beginning of a migraine, and even the lowest screen brightness was too bright for me. So I got my new glasses and put them on. It was too humorous not to photograph.

Behold, if you will, this photo of me watching TV in bed wearing the miraculous glasses while cuddling with my cat. This is the glamorous life of the migraineur.

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Comments

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    7 years ago

    Hi pooh2you!

    Glad you found this helpful. TheraSpecs and Axon Optics both make glasses for people with migraine you may want to look into; http://www.axonoptics.com/ and we have information on TheraSpecs you can read about here; http://migraine.com/sponsored/sponsored-proven-migraine-relief-with-new-theraspecs-glasses/.

  • pooh2you
    7 years ago

    I am just now reading this, a bit after it was originally posted, and I am just so happy to know that I am not the only one that has to wear sunglasses pretty much all the time! I am extremely photophobic! The worst thing is that I just recently became unable to wear my contact lenses so I am needing to find Rx sunglasses or something to help me with my problem. I have been putting my old sunglasses over the top of my new glasses and it is just not working out well! Argh!! Found this post and now I am filled with happiness knowing I am not alone!! LOL

  • Jill M.
    6 years ago

    Hey pooh2you!

    If you are still looking, I found a really great pair of “wear over” sunglasses that work great for me. They are designed to be worn over a pair of regular prescription eyeglasses so that a person would have 2 pair on, although it only appears to an observer that he/she was only wearing one. I don’t wear Rx glasses, though, but I do use these as my main (ONLY!) sunglasses as they completely block out the sunlight as have the side lenses as The Migraine Girl described in her article.

    I found mine at that really popular warehouse club (Sam’s) for less than $40. What a deal!!

  • Lisa M. Paquette
    8 years ago

    These look like my Polar Optics sunglasses, or perhaps my mom’s Solar Shield ones. I absolutely looooove my Polar Optics ones… they are huge and dorky looking, and I don’t care one bit.

  • Lisa M. Paquette
    8 years ago

    It looks like a pair of glasses I have from SolarShield (http://www.solarshield.com/about.html). I got them when I had wicked photophobia with iritis, and now pretty much will not drive without them.

  • Kimberly Darling Rankin
    8 years ago

    That is so awesome. I am highly photophobic, so I really appreciate the need for sunglasses while watching a movie!

    I did a quick search– are they like these? http://ow.ly/6pb1s

  • Kimberly Darling Rankin
    8 years ago

    If so, here’s a larger selection of “fitovers.” http://ow.ly/6pd1v

  • Mary Burch Nichols
    8 years ago

    Kimmy, they look very similar. I wonder what this would do for Joey. We can’t take him to the movies very often because he gets neuro overload, but he LOVES movies. I’m wondering if it was less visually assaulting if he would be able to enjoy it more.

  • Heather Campbell
    8 years ago

    I have a pair like those that I bought from Costco. They are Hobie Polaraized and they are the best glasses for someone with Migraines.

  • Tracey Warren
    8 years ago

    Where did you get them? Do you have a link?

  • Migraine.com
    8 years ago

    Tracey – Based on Janet’s replies to other comments it sounds like she was unable to find a brand name on the actual glasses…. she was fortunately enough to find them on the floor of a friend’s car. You can read more about eyewear for migraineurs from Ellen’s post here: http://migraine.com/blog/living-with-migraine/what-color-of-eyewear-is-the-best-for-light-sensitivity/

  • Simp Ly Gourdjus
    8 years ago

    Can u tell me what brand they are? I don’t care how ‘dorky” they look…….I want these!

  • Simp Ly Gourdjus
    8 years ago

    thankss for the reply 🙂

  • Janet Geddis
    8 years ago

    I didn’t see a brand name, I’m sorry! The best thing about this story is that I found them on a car floor. The worse thing about this story is that I found them on a car floor–no idea of their origin. 🙁

  • Anne-Marie Allen
    8 years ago

    Migraine Girl

    Thanks for sharing. They sound great…Where can one get a pair or two? Do you have any suggestions?

  • Janet Geddis
    8 years ago

    I don’t see a brand name on them, so I can’t tell you where to find them, unfortunately. If I hadn’t found them on the floor of my buddy’s car, I might not have ever known they existed. They aren’t premium brand or fancy, so that bodes well in terms of cost. Good luck!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    You go girl! Girls in glasses at night – we rule!

  • Alison Riith
    8 years ago

    Hmm I’m interested in these sunglasses! Any idea where to get them?

  • Georgia Slesinger
    8 years ago

    The Migraine Girl wears sunglasses everywhere, lol! At least I do! That picture is precious! I have to wear prescription sunglasses, so I don’t have a lot of options.

  • Linda Barham Nabors
    8 years ago

    Can we get them with our prescription in them? Great picture–I’m not alone!

  • Janet Geddis
    8 years ago

    I have no idea! Worth buying a pair (if you can find ’em) and taking them to your local eyecare shop.

  • Diana Lee
    8 years ago

    Love, love, love that picture!

  • Mary Carol Kirchner Geddis
    8 years ago

    Oh Joseph! I didn’t think you could be more of a friend to Janny, and then…you did it serendipitously with the shades. Janet, I love the picture.

  • Janet Geddis
    8 years ago

    Weird how the link image you have here is of some couple and not of the fabulous picture of me with Wally wearing sunglasses in bed! 🙂

  • Tammy R Hayden
    8 years ago

    Have you found out what kind of glasses they are yet? Light especially sunlight causes many migraines for me.

  • Anna Hendrix Warren
    8 years ago

    Those are probably fishing sunglasses. Check out any sportsman’s store; ie, Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, etc. They all carry wraparound, polarized sunglasses. I wear sunglasses almost all of the time, and in the Pacific NW, that sometimes causes people to stare! I need prescription sunglasses and would be love to be able to buy these at the optical shop. The closest I’ve come is a pair of Ray Ban glasses that were expensive and don’t cover as well as I’d like.

  • Julia McGee Chenoweth
    8 years ago

    I have magnetized lenses that attach to my glasses, but I really need a pair that go over them. I know it looks stupid as all heck, but at this point I am ready to give up looks for benefit, you know?

  • Shannon Fischer del Valle
    8 years ago

    I love this picture. Sometimes when I’m in bed making the ” pillow sandwich” with my head I just feel so alone. And then I see this picture! So glad you found something that makes the pain a little more barable.

  • Loretta Stapleton
    8 years ago

    This is so awesome glad to hear they work out for you.What a great friend you have have also ^_~ Having migraines are not fun I have been fighting them for many years.I wish you the best of luck and totally under stand what you are going threw.

  • Linda Cervantes
    8 years ago

    can you share the make of the glasses.. I need a pair!

  • Jane Jordan Woolley
    8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I think I know the glasses you wrote about: My MIL had cataract surgery and wore sunglasses like you describe. You may have a “glamorous life” but moreso, I’m impressed by the your ingenuity. We migraineurs must continuously come up with solutions that make our lives more enjoyable. It’s funny how such a, seemingly, simple thing can make such a difference! Nice…

  • Tony Montello
    8 years ago

    Jane…if you think polarized sunglasses will help, let me know

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