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  • By estherbaxter

    Hi there fellow sufferers!
    Has anyone ever tried the glasses with the pink lenses so for their migraines?I was reading about them but I can’t remember their name.I work under flouresant lights daily and saz wondering if anyone has tried them and whether they were zuccesfull
    Thanks Esther

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  • By not so joy

    I have seen some that are a yellowish tint by axonoptics.com, but I haven’t seen any pink tinted lenses. I haven’t tried them myself yet, I haven’t found prescription glasses
    I like that I’m willing to pay the $$$ to have them custom make ‘clip-on’ shades for them.
    I did get my work place to switch out their fluorescent bulbs to ones that burned at 6500K for the same price but the tint was different and it made a big difference in my headaches.
    Good luck with the glasses.

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  • By mmjardel

    Can you tell me more about those bulbs? My office is moving and I will soon be required to work under fluorescents and they are a HUGE trigger for me. I’d love to get something to filter them out. My problem is the emitting of efflorescent s not so much the frequency.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    There are a number of products for those with light sensitivities. Color can be specific to each person, however there is one color that has a pinkish tint that research showed was effective on a large percent of our population with light sensitivity. It essentially blocks out the blue light of the spectrum. We know research has shown that blue light is excitatory to the brain and this may be one reason this tint works for patients.

    Here is a link that may be helpful to you: What color is best for light sensitivity? https://migraine.com/blog/what-color-of-eyewear-is-the-best-for-light-sensitivity/

    There are covers that can be purchased for fluorescents that help with the type of light. It won’t help with flicker however. You can also still purchase incandescents and I know some patients talk to their managers and provide their own lighting in close proximity to their work space. https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-patients-can-now-buy-legal-incandescent-lights/ Also, fluorescent lighting is less obtrusive to Migraineurs who also have the option of ambient lighting coming in through a window near them. The ambient light won’t cancel out the fluorescent light, but it is helpful.

    I do know TheraSpecs does have a type of glasses that fit over your regular prescription lenses. I’m writing a piece about my experience with them, right now actually.

    ~Ellen

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  • By Becky

    I just transferred to this office in November. When I got here I had them take 2 out of the 3 bulbs out of the 2 lights near me. This week I had them take out the 3rd. It has made a difference in just 2 days!~
    Becky

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Rebeccapa – I’m right there with you. The type of light makes all the difference for me.

    A couple days ago I started aqua therapy (PT) and asked if they would turn down all the lights for me. There were maybe 2 fluorescents in the distance and we could see fine. It was dark enough I could even take off my glasses. My eyes and brain just went Aaaaaahhhhhh! Since we can now buy incandescent bulbs again, I think considering these fixtures and the lights we put in them, even at work, can be really key for a lot of us in getting control of this particular trigger. https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-patients-can-now-buy-legal-incandescent-lights/

    ~Ellen

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  • By Byron-morgan

    I got a pair of gunnars the other day….but the new medicine I got a month ago made my eyes so dry that I have to go without contacts for a while. Will let you know how they help once I can actually use them more than 2 days. They have a yellow tint for use under flourescent lights and in front of computer monitors all day.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Byron-morgan – Have you talked to your eye doctor about the dryness issues? There are drops that can be very effective if the new meds are going to be on board a long time. There are other things that can be tried too that can be helpful.

    ~Ellen

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  • By slhart

    My eye doctor told me that the amber tint was best for migraines. With my insurance there is no charge for tint so I get all my prescription glasses tinted (both distance and reading). It makes a big difference for me while reading. Without my tinted glasses black print on bright white paper appears as blurred lines. It does not prevent migraines for me but they really make my eyes feel better and I think they hide how bad my eyes look =]

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    slhart,

    Research showed that a particular rosey brown tint seemed most helpful for most patients. It’s not necessarily the best tint for every patient however. Some patients do better with completely different colors. This is why I like to have people read a piece I did on the right color for Migraine patients as there is some really neat info there! https://migraine.com/blog/what-color-of-eyewear-is-the-best-for-light-sensitivity/

    ~Ellen

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  • By Mercedes

    I haven’t tried tinted lenses yet but they are availabe from zinni optical in many frames, tints and most Rx for resonable prices.
    I am planning on trying some soon. I attend school online and spend hours each day reading and using a laptop.

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  • By Lisa Robin Benson Moderator

    I have had incredible success with TheraSpecs. Here is some info on them: https://migraine.com/sponsored/sponsored-proven-migraine-relief-with-new-theraspecs-glasses/

    I had had mine for over two years–I have both the indoor and outdoor pairs. They give me freedom I only could have dreamt of before. I now don’t worry about when I will be exposed to fluorescent lights or bright sunlight, or computer screens.

    I have them in my own frames–I mailed them the frames and my Rx and they put the Rx in and mailed them back. They are a wonderful company to work with.

    Wishing you the best of luck!
    Lisa

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  • By AMarie

    Does anyone know of they make non-prescription tinted glasses? I don’t need prescription, and I could probably get a non-prescription pair made but maybe there’s a cheaper alternative to that.

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    • By solsa5

      Giyoreli,

      I know a brand called Gunnar makes non-prescription “computer glasses” that have the yellow tint. T’aime is another brand, they call them “gaming eyewear”.

      There is also a site in Southern California called The Irlen Foundation that will test you specifically to see which colors you need. They can have either prescription or non-prescription lenses made for your very specific color needs. They are targeted at people with reading disabilities, but the core idea is that a large percentage of people are helped by the colored glasses. If fluorescent lights bother you, you almost certainly could use the glasses. There is a pre-test questionnaire on their website (google irlen foundation) to see if you might need the glasses. Do a google search on “irlen syndrome bulletproof” to find out more.

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  • By 2mnyheadaches

    Has anyone tried the tinted contact lenses from Axon Optics? I have the pink tinted glasses and they do help with the light sensitivity but I am too embarrassed to wear them to work because of all the comments I have had from coworkers while wearing them. I am thinking about purchasing the contact lenses in hopes that they will be less noticeable. I am more comfortable wearing contacts than glasses also.

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  • By Mark.PP

    Hi

    I am new to this site but suffered from migraines for about twenty years and tried a wide variety of prescribed medication, stress therapy, non prescribed medication and relaxation exercises. I too recently read a article on the web about glasses with a tint and a special coating called FL-41.

    Specsavers in England advertise them but even they had to phone the head branch to get any details about their own product.

    The glasses have a rose / brown tint which i admit is not very flattering but when you are used to tints any way to reduce eye strain its does not take long getting used to them.

    I purchased two pairs with their special offer, one for all day wear and the other when reading.

    They are brilliant. I would recommend them and will definitely purchase these lenses again. I have found that they drastically reduce my eye strain, red eye, and my migraines attacks have reduced from about 12 a month to about 3.

    The lenses reduce the blue light found in many every day items such as fluorescent lights, phones, computers, flat screen tvs, white boards and projector screens.

    Hope that has been of help to other migraine sufferers. FL-41

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  • By dryland

    2mnyheadaches – I have the red-tinted contacts. I can’t say for certain that they are Axon, though. All I recall is that my opthalmologist said he ordered them from a lab in Colorado. And they cost around $200 (there was some kind of discount involved, I think. This was back in 2011 or 2012, I think, so things may have changed). I find that they work best for me when I’m in the throes of a migraine and absolutely must go to work. I believe you are cautioned to abstain from wearing them for extended hours due to possible lasting complications with your color perception. However, I’m pretty sure there have been a few days when I’ve worn them for 9 hours. As for aesthetics, basically, your entire iris and part of the white are covered by the contact. It’s slightly larger than a normal contact. So a bit of a ring of the red contact shows. I joke that I’m a vampire. Also, as you might expect, color perception is wacky so being able to discern the red, yellow, and green of a traffic signal can be precarious if you’re not paying razor sharp attention. Once you are indoors, the contacts will render everything somewhat dim you’ll probably need your overhead lights.

    I have also bought prescription and non-prescription Gunnar’s to help with computer eye strain and had good experiences with them. However, those glasses became scratched over the years and I was in the market for new ones last year when I discovered Zenni Optical and EyeBuyDirect. If you are adventurous, save money by purchasing yellow tinted (to 50%) glasses from Zenni optical. (Just be careful of the weight of the frames. That’s one big advantage the Gunnar’s have.) I previously bought 40% yellow tint from EyeBuyDirect, but recently discovered that they discontinued their yellow tint – and Zenni doesn’t allow a 40% tint. I also recently experimented with a 50% pink/red tinted glasses from Zenni, but found the yellow tint more effective/soothing to my eyes and am therefore in the process of returning the pink lenses.

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  • By dryland

    One more bit of experience with tinted glasses: EyeBuyDirect offers a computer lense package which basically provides a light blue tint (which blocks the blue light emitting from your computer screen) and anti-reflective coating to your lenses. I have a pair of these glasses and if I had never experienced my yellow-tinted Gunnar’s and how I respond to yellow tint, I would have thought the EBD package was the best thing ever. It’s more aesthetically pleasing than both the yellow (ie jaundiced) and pink tints and is really only visible to others as a light blue reflection when you move your head and the lense catches the light. However, for me, the 40% yellow tint (which was my best approximation of the tint used on the Gunnar lenses) is more soothing and does a better job at blue-blocking. At any rate, and as I believe someone else mentioned previously, always get the anti-reflective coating. Zenni also offers anti-water and anti-fingerprint/oil coating that I like, but that’s really a personal preferrence.

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  • By 2mnyheadaches

    Just an update to my previous post about the tinted contact lenses. I did purchase the contact lenses from Axon Optics. The contacts are just as they described and they made them to fit my prescription. Unfortunately, for some reason my eyes do not agree with the contacts. I believe it may be because the lenses are thicker than my normal contact lenses or maybe a bit larger, but I am not sure. I have tried to wear these contacts, as they were expensive, but I have not been successful. They move around in my eyes and are uncomfortable. My vision gets blurred every time the contact moves and my eyes get irritated. I am upset that they did not work for me as I had high hopes that they would solve my problem with light sensitivity at work. I don’t blame Axon Optics I am just disappointed that I have tried yet another thing to help my migraines and it failed.

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  • By nosirrah

    I’m looking into buying the Axon Optics pink colored lens glasses – non prescription. I wear glasses for distance, but don’t wear them at work on the computer. Since I work in a cube farm, I wear a ball cap while sitting at my desk to cut out some of the glare from the florescent lights. Once I explain to people why I am wearing a ballcap, they leave me alone. So, I don’t think wearing colored glasses will be too much of an issue. In previous jobs, I was able to get the maintenance people to take out the florescent bulbs in my line of sight fromt my desk, but they won’t do it at my current job. I am hoping to change jobs soon because the lights along with overall stress because of really bad morale is a huge trigger for my daily migraines. I used to be able to work from home some, but they’ve cracked down on that. ugh. I gotta get outa here! Anyway – sorry for tangent. Once I get these glasses, I’ll post the results.

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  • By giyoreli

    Hi! Though I don’t have the pink lenses, I know what they are and do have lenses that decrease migraines! Mine appear to be clear but if you lay them down on a solid colour surface, you can tell that they aren’t completely clear and have kind of a brown-rose tint to them.
    I also have transition on mine which is great considering I don’t have to juggle with sunglasses and my regular ones, and also they adjust, so the change from normal to sun tinted isn’t jarring.
    I do like mine, though I now am wishing I had gotten the darker pink ones just because I have another disability which makes me very sensitive to light, even when I don’t have a migraine, but I do like these ones and they have worked some. My eyes hurt a lot less now, but I feel like I’ve just cleared one cause of my migraines out of the way and there’s still a ton of them lined up haha

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  • By zen-mix

    hey I’ve got a little bit of an odd scenario with the way my eyes work one is susceptible to blue light while the other is susceptible to red this makes it increasingly difficult to use anything while I have a migraine… ( I -while writing this- have a migraine)I have all the lights off and am currently using an eye patch on my one eye that is hurting like h*** while i’m on the computer… I cant find anything to help with this anywhere including my prescription eye doctor.. if anyone here can help me with this i would surely appreciate it… thank you

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  • By CatholicCarry

    There is a cheaper version of the FL-41 or whatever on Amazon that I’m looking into. I think they’re showing up for around $16-17. They’re the pinkish-brown ones. I’ve also seen screen protectors that you can put over your computer screen and/or tablet computer device that is supposed to reduce eye strain and even optically induced migraines. Has anyone tried these device specific options?

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