MIGRAINES AND OTHER HEADACHES
A migraine is a specific type of headache that may include symptoms of throbbing pain, generally on one side of the head, nausea, upset stomach, and sensitivity to light and sound.
Our job as optometrists is to make sure that no headache is caused by eye strain, and if it is, to eliminate it as a factor in your treatment. This would include a comprehensive examination of the eyes as well as an updated glasses and/or contact lens prescription. We also check the focusing system of the eyes to make sure that it is functioning properly.
If you do have trouble focusing, certain designs of glasses lenses and contact lenses can help eliminate this strain.
Since migraines are a specific type of headache that can be brought on by light sensitivity, there are ways to aide in the treatment of your migraines in addition to your primary care physician or neurologist's guidance.
WHAT VISUAL OPTIONS ARE THERE TO HELP MIGRAINES?
After eliminating migraines caused by a serious ocular condition, or eye strain, we turn to tinting to aide in our treatment. Tints include a specific coloring of a glasses lens or contact lens to decrease the amount of light sensitivity and thus, stop a light-sensitive migraine from starting.
1.) Eliminating Eye Strain
The first step in using visual relief to aid migraine relief is to make sure our patients have an updated glasses and contact lens prescription. Special testing of the visual system also is used in some cases in case there is a difficulty focusing or misalignment of the eyes that is contributing to strain.
2.) Glasses and Sunglasses
Our office carries specific migraine glasses and sunglasses with a specific tint created by a neuro-ophthalmolgist. We let patients trial these lenses in-office to see if they feel relief. They can be made with a prescription or can just be worn over the patient's current glasses or contact lenses.
3.) Contact Lenses
Contact lenses can be designed with certain tints that block light from entering the eye and triggering a migraine. For those with blue eyes, tints can be made solely over the pupil so as to not change the color of the eye but still allow for treatment.