If you’ve never experienced the debilitating pain of a migraine before, count yourself lucky. Millions of people deal with migraines on a regular basis with little to no relief for hours, sometimes days at a time. If you’re one of them, we feel your pain, literally. But what if we told you there was a way to stop migraines in their tracks? It all starts with a pair of blue light glasses. Keep reading to find out how you can fight and even prevent migraines with the best blue light glasses on the planet.
Is Your Headache A Migraine?
Migraines are characterized as intense or even severe headaches that have additional symptoms like pain in the temples, pain behind one eye or ear, nausea, vomiting, seeing spots or flashing lights, temporary vision loss or sensitivity to light and/or sound.
But what exactly triggers these debilitating migraines? The bad news is it could be one (or more) of dozens of reasons. But you can try to pinpoint your personal triggers if you know the general causes.
Common Migraine Triggers
A trigger in terms of migraine pain is any event, change, food, beverage or physical act that results in a migraine. Below are some of the most common causes.
Food and Beverages
- Lack of food or a balanced meal
- Excessive caffeine
- Soft cheeses and some red wines that contain tyramine
- Food products containing chemicals or additives like nitrates, monosodium glutamate and aspartame
- Stress or anxiety
- Teeth grinding
- Muscle tension
- Excessive coughing
- Head injury
- Mild dehydration
- Female hormonal changes
Prescription or Illicit Drugs
- Drug use
- Oral contraceptives (which contain hormones)
- Changes in your normal routine
- Too much or too little sleep
- Exercise for people who don’t usually exercise
- Weather changes, high altitudes, humidity, loud noises, etc.
- Flashing or flickering lights
- Exposure to natural sunlight, fluorescent light or LED bulbs (all blue light emitters)
- Eye strain from sitting in front of a screen for long periods of time
Blue Light: A Big (Avoidable) Trigger
The type of light you’re exposed to really does impact how you feel. While flashing or flickering lights are the most likely to bring on a migraine attack, blue lights and fluorescent and LED bulbs containing blue light are also massive triggers and aggravators. And where are people the majority of their lives? In an office environment under fluorescent or LED bulbs, straining their eyes looking at monitors and smartphones that emit blue light. It’s really no wonder so many people struggle with migraines nowadays.
Blue light has been found to activate the trigeminal nerve, which plays a large role in pain perception during a migraine attack. It can even exacerbate migraine symptoms as well, such as light sensitivity, dizziness, nausea and more. While blue light is at its most harmful when the sun goes down, it can still trigger migraines throughout the daytime.
Blue Light Glasses Can Help
The good news is there is some relief. Dr. S Eyewear’s blue light glasses are the only blue blockers on the market designed by a licensed optometrist. The lenses block up to 99 percent of harmful blue light and can help prevent both headaches and migraines brought on by blue light. They can even help minimize symptoms, like light sensitivity, once a migraine has already been triggered.
So, when exactly should you wear blue light glasses to help fight your battle with migraines?
- Whenever you feel a migraine might be coming on
- When a migraine has been triggered
- On extremely bright, sunny days
- In the office where you’re in front of a monitor all day, straining your eyes
- At night when you’re on your smartphone, tablet or computer
- If you’re in a space with fluorescent lighting for an extended period of time
You know your own body. If you feel a migraine coming on, take the proper steps to stop it before it gets worse. If your migraine pain continues to worsen or is happening more and more frequently, be sure to seek medical advice from a certified doctor.