Topic: Drug Free Approaches To Migraine - Focus On Vision & Light Sensitivity

Speakers: Bradley, Katz, MD, Axon Optics and Carl Cincinnato, MigrainePal


There are 30mins of live Q&A from the audience in the above video but here are also some common questions people have about light sensitivity, tinted lenses and AxonOptics. For a full list of Q&A please visit the Q&A page at AxonOptics.

How are Axon Optics lenses better than regular sunglasses?

Most sunglasses make all colors of the spectrum dimmer, not just that portion of the spectrum that’s especially irritating. As a result, one must wear glasses that are fairly dark in order to get the desired effect. Unfortunately, by wearing dark glasses, even though one may feel better temporarily, once the glasses come off, the light sensitivity can become much worse! By wearing dark glasses, the eye “dark adapts” and becomes more sensitive to light. Think of what it’s like to go outside after being in a matinee for 2 hours. The afternoon light is blinding until your eyes re-adapt to the light.Dark-Adapting your eyes is a common problem for migraineurs and other sufferers of light sensitivity. Axon lenses are specifically engineered to help people with light sensitivity, which often occurs to fluorescent light, partly due to the spectrum of emitted light and partly to the flickering fluorescent lights. Although Axon Eyewear is not a “cure” for light sensitivity, migraine, or blepharospasm, the majority of sufferers have found it to be extremely helpful, enabling them to return to work, school, and church. Because it primarily blocks that portion of the visible spectrum that’s irritating, Axon's tinted glasses provide comfort without “dark-adapting” the eyes.

Does Axon eyewear help with flickering light, motion or ceiling fans?

Sensitivity to objects in motion can also be seen in people with migraine. Some migraine sufferers get a dizzy or off-balance sensation when riding in a car and seeing the scenery move by. Some people even notice this “visual discomfort” when walking down an aisle at a store and seeing objects moving in their peripheral vision. It’s not clear why migraine sufferers have this sensitivity. Unfortunately, other than avoidance, there are few treatments. Axon Eyewear, while not a cure for this phenomenon, can be extremely helpful in reducing this visual discomfort.

Will Axon eyewear relieve eyestrain at the computer?

We are often asked if Axon Eyewear will relieve eyestrain at the computer. A number of our customers have experienced relief while wearing our glasses.Dr Katz suggests the following to those who are struggling with eyestrain:"Many of my patients have trouble with computer screens, but for a variety of reasons. Some of my patients need mild reading glasses or bifocal. This is especially true for patients over the age of 45 years or so. Other patients get into trouble because their eyes dry out while on the computer. When you use the computer, you tend to stare – your blink rate goes way down and your eyes can get dry. The dryness may not manifest as a “dry” feeling, but may manifest as your eyes feeling itchy, scratchy, burny, or maybe just tired. Still other patients are particularly set off by artificial light sources, including fluorescent lights and computer screens. This last group of patients is really helped by Axon Eyewear, because it is for these people that the tint was originally engineered. Many of these same patients have migraines or frequent headaches associated with light sensitivity."Try some low-power (+1.00 or +1.25) over-the-counter reading glasses and some over-the-counter artificial tears (such as Optive or Systane). If you’re still struggling, or if you have a history of migraines, consider purchasing Axon Eyewear. You can also order our glasses with prescription or a standard reading magnification.

How do I choose eyewear sizes online?

First, you’ll want to find an eyeglass frame that fits you well. If you don’t own a pair of eyeglasses, you’ll want to try on some frames at a local optical shop or drugstore.  There is often a section in the pharmacy for ‘magnified readers’ – this is a great, free way to try out sizes. 

Once you find a pair that fits well, write down the measurements written on the inside arm.  Note the measurements of any pairs you love, and then seek similar pairs.  If you already own a pair of eyeglasses, you can skip the try-on phase!Already have a frame you love?  Try our Send-In-Your-Frame Service.  We recommend trying a non-prescription pair of Axon Optics lenses in one of our frames first, to be sure you like the tint before investing in the non-refundable Send-In-Your-Frame Service.So what are the measurements and what do they mean?

The measurements are in millimeters. One of the cool things about eyeglass measurements is that they use universal measurements instead of an arbitrary system.  You'll usually see a frame name, then color, followed by three numbers separated by dashes.  This example eyeglass frame has the frame name on one arm, with the measurement and color on the other.  The right arm says 'Capri US 59' and the left arm says '53-16-135 BROWN'.In this case, ‘53’ is the Eye measurement; ‘16’ is the Bridge measurement, and ‘135’ is the Arm measurement.Eye – Also known as the 'A' measurement, this is the lens width. The first number, it measures the width of each lens in millimeters. This example pair of eyeglasses has ‘53’ for this measurement, which means each lens is 53 millimeters wide.Bridge – Also known as the 'DBL' measurement, this measures the width across the bridge of the nose. You can be over, but you don't want to be under with this number, or the glasses will pinch. Make sure it is comfortable across the bridge and does not pinch.

Other things to consider: do I like a solid bridge that rests directly against the nose, or do I like one with little silicone nose-pads that prop it up?  In our example pair, ‘16’ means that the bridge across the nose of this pair of eyeglasses is 16 millimeters wide.Temple: Measures length of the arms on the frame. It measures from where the hinge connects to the front of your glasses at the temple…all the way through the curved part behind the ear. You won't see much variation in this number, as most glasses are 130, 135, or 140. This number only matters if you have problems with the frame arms sticking out from the back of your head (too long), or cutting into the ear at the bend (too short).   In our example pair, the arms are 135 millimeters long.Try to find a size similar to a pair that fits you comfortably.  If one measurement is too tight, consider a pair with a higher number for that measurement.  If one measurement is too loose, consider a pair with a lower number.All of our frames are carefully selected to be lightweight with the greatest possible coverage area.  When selecting a frame in person, consider the fit, style, and size for best results.  In a hurry to get a pair of our lenses? Our frames are intended to fit most people.  Try one of our styles with non-prescription lenses – if it doesn't fit, you can exchange it.

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