For many years I’ve thought about trying these glasses or at least trying the colored overlays, as I have dyslexia and wondered if it could be due to “Meares Irlen syndrome” as I’m very sensitive to florescent lighting before using meds.
I was thinking about us migrainures and our inability to deal with the florescent lights and computers that so easily mess with our heads.
Just found some info you might like to take a look at.
I also noticed that they are trailing them for people with “permanent head injury” due to car accidents ect: who are left with visual sensory issues and they are having some good results.
Worth a try?
Pub med Abstract only
Optometrists frequently encounter patients with migraine and patients and practitioners sometimes suspect that visual stimuli or visual anomalies trigger headaches. There is a lack of evidence-based research on the issue, however. Some patients with migraine may be hypersensitive to visual stimuli, and it has been suggested that individually prescribed coloured filters might be an effective treatment to reduce symptoms from such stimuli. A recent randomised controlled trial showed such a treatment to be effective and the present paper reports on the optometric characteristics of the patients in this study. Twenty-one patients with neurologically diagnosed migraine were compared with 11 controls. No significant differences were found between the two groups with respect to refractive error, ocular pathology, colour vision, contrast sensitivity, accommodative function, strabismus and hyperphoria. The migraine group tended to be a little more exophoric, but by most criteria they were able to compensate for their exophoria as well as the control group. The migraine group were more prone to pattern glare than the controls (p = 0.004). The effects of precision tinted and control tinted lenses were investigated. The only variable to show a consistent and marked improvement with tinted lenses was pattern glare. The most likely mechanism for the benefit from individually prescribed coloured filters in migraine is the alleviation of cortical hyperexcitability (Wilkins et al. 1994) and associated pattern glare.
Here’s something about red lenses helping painful migraine
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The optometric correlates of migraine.
Harle DE, Evans BJ.
The Institute of Optometry, 56-62 Newington Causeway, London, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
Migraine is a common, chronic, multi-factorial, neuro-vascular disorder typically characterised by recurrent attacks of unilateral, pulsating headache and autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Migraine may additionally be associated with aura; those focal neurological symptoms that may precede or sometimes accompany the headache. This review describes the optometric aspects of migraine headache. There have been claims of a relationship between migraine headaches and errors of refraction, binocular vision anomalies, pupil anomalies, visual field changes and pattern glare. The quality of the evidence for a relationship between errors of refraction and binocular vision and migraine is poor. The quality of the evidence to suggest a relationship between migraine headache and pupil anomalies, visual field defects and pattern glare is stronger. In particular the link between migraine headache and pattern glare is striking. The therapeutic use of precision-tinted spectacles to reduce pattern glare (visual stress) and to help some migraine sufferers is described.
PMID: 15315651 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1531 … stractplus
Tinted spectacles and visually sensitive migraine.
Wilkins AJ, Patel R, Adjamian P, Evans BJ.
Visual Perception Unit, University of Essex, Colchester, and Institute of Optometry, London, UK.
Cephalalgia. 2002 Nov;22(9):697-8.
A double-masked randomized controlled study with cross-over design compared the effectiveness of precision ophthalmic tints in the prevention of headache in migraine sufferers. Seventeen patients chose the colour of light that optimally reduced perceptual distortion of text and maximized clarity and comfort. They were later given glasses with spectral filters providing optimal colour under conventional white lighting (‘optimal’ tint) or glasses that provided a slightly different colour (‘control’ tint). The tints were supplied in random order, each for 6 weeks, separated by an interval of at least 2 weeks with no tints. Headache diaries showed that the frequency of headaches was marginally lower when the ‘optimal’ tint was worn, compared with the ‘control’. The trial extends to adults with migraine, the results of a previous double-masked study demonstrating, in children with reading difficulty, beneficial effects of precision tints in reducing symptom frequency. In the present study, however, the effects are suggestive rather than conclusive.
PMID: 12421156 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Optometric function in visually sensitive
migraine before and after treatment with tintedspectacles
B. J. W. Evans1,2, R. Patel1 and A. J. Wilkins3
essex.ac.uk/psychology/overl … 30-142.pdf
Headache. 1991 Sep;31(8):533-6.
**The use of tinted glasses in childhood migraine.
Good PA, Taylor RH, Mortimer MJ.
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Birmingham, England.**Abstract
20 children with clinically diagnosed migraine were asked to wear either a rose coloured tint or density matched blue tint for a period of 4 months. The frequency, duration and intensity of migraine attacks were recorded, together with the amount of visually provoked beta activity in the EEG. After one month’s wear all the children in the study revealed an initial improvement in headache frequency. However, only those children wearing rose tints sustained this improvement up to 4 months, when the mean headache frequency had improved from 6.2 per month to 1.6 per month. The headache frequency of those children wearing blue tints revealed no overall improvement after 4 months. The improvements in headache frequency in children wearing rose tints correlated with a reduction in visually provoked beta activity.
PMID: 1960058 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Are you curious about Irlen Syndrome, scotopic sensitivity, dyslexia,asperger’s syndrome or migraine headaches.
I am here to offer positive feedback regarding my personal success utilizing Irlen tinted lenses for the dyslexia I never realized I had until I was 56.
paper on the subject is essex.ac.uk/psychology/overlays/OPO22.PDF.