Migraine hacks I wish for: magic night driving glasses
Throughout the years, I’ve wished for little tweaks that would allow me to live a relatively normal life without worrying about uncontrollable migraine triggers coming up with no warning.
In this new, lighthearted series of blog posts, I’ll talk about some migraine life hacks I wish existed. Who knows? Maybe some clever inventor out there will make my dreams come true!
Migraine Hack #1
I love taking long drives. Just last summer, my boyfriend and I drove all the way from our house in Athens, Ga. to Los Angeles and back. We took turns at the wheel, looking out the windows of our car to some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. Our long hauls took place almost exclusively during the day, though—that way we could explore a city/town in the dinner hour and settle in to rest before we got going the next day. That way we could also minimize our hours of night driving.
When I was younger, driving at night was a pleasure. I was a night owl, so getting sleepy at the wheel wasn’t a concern for me. My mom never liked driving at night, so if she and I were together in the car after dark, I would take the wheel.
That pleasure has dissipated over the years, though. Now I love being in the car at night, but I don’t like being at the wheel—if I’m at the wheel, I can’t close my eyes every time a car in the opposite lane passes us, its bright lights blinding me. Seeing that sight too many times in a row creates a slow-motion strobe effect—and that is a migraine trigger for me.
So here’s my pie-in-the-sky idea: a special pair of night driving glasses that could allow you to drive at night and see clearly but would block out the sudden bright lights of oncoming traffic. Imagine the glasses (which can be prescription strength if you require that) are clear and untinted for most of your drive. You sail down the highway, worry free. But they have a special detector that knows when a car driving in the opposite direction is on its way toward you. The dark filter on the glasses activates the second the oncoming car’s lights appear on the horizon, and the shade darkens just enough so the flashing lights don’t irritate you (but you can still see your lane just fine). Once the car passes, the glasses transition back to their clear-lens setting. Voila! You can now drive at night.
(I know this is a ridiculous invention. I shared the idea with some light-sensitive (aka photophobic) friends and they laughed while also nodding their heads in agreement: yes, this invention would make life a lot easier for us all. Many friends of mine, migraineurs or not, have problems driving at night due to the harsh light of oncoming cars—the contrast between that and the dark night is hard on our eyes as we try to adjust to our surroundings.
What migraine hacks/inventions do you wish for? What else would you like to see in this new series?
When it comes to planning vacations or other events where travel is required, how much does migraine factor into your decision-making?