I’m really happy to say (and I may be jinxing myself in doing so) that my migraines have been much better since I finished school. There are some theories about the building where I spent the bulk of my time during those last few semesters and “building sickness.” It’s an old building with a lot of issues and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if that building (along with the stress of school) was increasing my migraines.
Light is a huge trigger for me. The migraines increased in intensity and frequency shortly after starting back at school and it was around that time that my eye doctor opted to give me glasses. My vision was just barely off 20/20, not enough that she should normally even prescribe glasses but given the migraines I was having it was worth a shot. They did help, but I really think it was less about that slight decrease in vision and more about the glasses reducing glare and cutting the light. Last year when I switched to transition lenses things improved more. Transitions are darker by default than normal lenses. Even with the transitions, though, I still had a lot of migraines that last semester of school, and I often wore my sunglasses indoors.
I wish I’d known then what I know now. Heck, I wish Theraspecs had approached me a year earlier to try their glasses. Instead, by the time I finally had the opportunity I was down to only a migraine or two a month. Of course, as timing would have it, they arrived just in time. Stress is definitely a trigger, and mom’s surgery (and the unknown outcome) was pretty stressful. So, I spent that week with a migraine. Hospital fluorescent lights are, of course, wonderful for migraines as well. Thankfully, the Theraspecs arrived that same week, giving me a really good chance to try them.
Theraspecs were created by Hart Shaffer, as an answer to his wife’s migraines. They’d learned that certain light wavelengths cause migraines (florescents being a huge culprit) and that tints block those wavelengths. After finding the right lenses the next issue became creating a frame that would fully cover the eye. This has been an issue for me, and my current pair of sunglasses are HUGE to block as much light as possible. Believe it or not, the Over-RX Theraspecs are even larger and I can wear them over my sunglasses. The pair they sent me are meant for indoor uses, to block out florescents but they also make outdoor lenses for those who are affected by sunlight. When migraines hit me all light is a problem.
So, yes, my friends made fun of me for wearing “sunglasses” over my sunglasses, but it helped. Indoors I noticed an immediate difference as well. Things just seemed clearer somehow and less glare-y. It doesn’t hurt that they kind of give the world a rose-colored tint. Hey, we can all stand to look at the world through some rose-colored lenses on occasion.
The point is that they helped. They cut the insane light that was otherwise making the migraine worse, and they actually reduced the pain so that I could deal a little better.
The info on Theraspecs website suggests that you wear your Theraspecs all the time to block the potential trigger for a migraine.
“When worn regularly, TheraSpecs can reduce the frequency of migraines by filtering out the light most likely to trigger an attack. – Theraspecs.com
I’ve found that there are only a few places where the light automatically bothers me and is likely to trigger a migraine. Oddly enough, one of those places is my neurologists office – although they did improve things by installing dimmer lights, so those of us who need to can turn off the florescents altogether.
Another great aspect about these frames is the weight and the material. If you have a sensitive head like me you’ve probably encountered glasses that were too tight or that weighed on your ears causing pain. The material they make these frames from is ultra-lightweight, so even on top of another pair of glasses I don’t even notice they are there. They also don’t squeeze my head or rest uncomfortably on my ears creating yet another pain.
Theraspecs also offers a 100% money-back guarantee. They get that rose-colored glasses aren’t for everyone – no really they understand that everyone’s migraines are different and we all have different triggers. So, Theraspecs might not help you. But, if light is a trigger for you, or if you are really photosensitive when you are having a migraine attack Theraspecs might help, and they want to do that. So, you can try the product and if it doesn’t work you can get your money back. They offer Over-RX frames (like they sent me) if you currently wear glasses but want to give these a try. If they work for you, you can even order Theraspecs in your prescription (something I will likely be doing the next time I order glasses), and they have a pretty large variety of frames to choose from.
I’m due for new glasses in a couple of months and I really think I’m going to order my next RX sunglasses from Theraspecs. I’m not sure I want to wear these lenses all the time (although they do say that doing so can decrease the risk of migraines), so I’m not sure about ordering regular glasses with the Theraspecs lenses. We’ll see.