Migraine Glasses - Understanding the Science Behind Avulux®
The Migraine and Photophobia Problem (also known as “light sensitivity”)
Photophobia Affects Most Migraineurs
Approximately 80% of people with migraine experience photophobia1. It’s no mystery that light sensitivity is a major issue for migraineurs (people with migraine), yet the majority of treatments on the market do not address it.
A study conducted in 2016 had subjects with migraine placed in a dark room2. The subjects were then intermittently exposed to varying colors of light (white, blue, green, amber, and red) and assessed for:
- Intensity of their headache
- Throbbing sensation
- Muscle tenderness
- Cephalic areas (areas on the head) affected by the pain.
The researchers found that white, blue, amber, and red light increased the subjects’ headache pain intensity, while green light was actually shown to reduce pain intensity.
Therefore, filtering out the specific wavelengths of migraine inducing light while allowing in green light may prove beneficial in reducing light sensitivity (photophobia) and headache intensity2.
The Relationship Between Light and Migraine
Certain Light Affects the Cells in Your Eyes
Our eyes have the ability to process light thanks to two photoreceptors (light receptors) located at the back of the retina called rods and cones.
Based on a study run in 2010, we know that there are other intrinsically-photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC’s) at the back of the retina3. One of these ipRGCs is melanopsin, which is activated by certain wavelengths of light in the 400nm to 500nm range5. One of the functions of melanopsin is to aid your vision with color correction in high-brightness situations.
If you have migraine, you are likely to experience an increase in pain in bright-light situations. In the same 2010 study, it was found that the exacerbation of migraine related headaches by light are likely to involve both extrinsic photoactivation of ipRGCs by rods and cones, as well as intrinsic photoactivation of melanopsin3.
To put it simply, exposing your eyes to light that activates these cells has been found to worsen your migraine related pain.
Avulux® used the research behind melanopsin as one of the main scientific drivers behind the optical engineering involved in creating Avulux® migraine glasses.
Avulux's® Solution to Your Light and Migraine Dilemma
Over eight years of optical engineering, experimentation, and clinical research have gone into developing the Avulux® lenses specifically for migraineurs. That lens is now used in Avulux® Migraine Glasses. It is a new generation of precision tinted optical filter, that means it is a lens for glasses that more effectively and efficiently absorbs wavelengths in high percentages at only certain slivers of the light spectrum.
Avulux® customers report back that they feel like they’ve just run into a dark room after putting on their Avulux® migraine glasses!
Feeling like Avulux® is your portable dark room is no coincidence. Avulux’s® precision tinted optical lenses are specifically designed to absorb the harmful wavelengths of light that cause migraines (migraine attacks) to begin and worsen, while allowing the beneficial wavelengths of light in. Unlike sunglasses, wearing Avulux® continuously will not make you more sensitive to light.
The Avulux® lens protects your eyes, and effectively your brain, without turning your world red. You'll probably forget you're even wearing them.
Our lenses absorb light so well, and from many angles, that we can use traditional frames instead of wrap-around frames to achieve the same results.
That dark room you’ve always wanted to carry in your pocket is now a reality.
Avulux® is Clinically Proven and Government Health Agency Approved
Backed by Multiple Independent Studies
Migraine subjects included in the clinical studies varied from those with as few as one headache every month or two to those with more than 15 headache days a month. Individuals in every one of these subject groups experienced migraine relief.
Independent clinical studies on the Avulux® lens have shown that:
- 38% of Avulux® users have their headaches completely disappear before even beginning if Avulux® is worn at the earliest onset of a migraine symptom or a migraine aura.
- Another 36% have their migraine related symptoms so significantly reduced to the point where they do not need any additional medicine to manage their symptoms.
- More than 90% of Avulux® users have such dramatic pain relief that they are able to return to their normal activities of daily living.
- 74% of the trial subjects no longer had to take any of their usual medications, whether oral or injectable, to manage their migraine symptoms.
The clinical study results on Avulux® Migraine Glasses were so positive that Avulux received regulatory approval from government health agencies in Canada, the U.K., and the European Union (29 countries and counting) to be used as a Class I Medical device to prevent and treat migraine attacks.
What are migraine glasses?
An Engineered Migraine Solution
In today’s terms, it's Avulux's® migraine glasses. As the only approved medical device of its kind, these glasses are approved for the prevention and treatment of migraine symptoms, they can work as effectively or more safely than alternative medications without any tolerance buildup. Now, you finally have access to this tool as your anytime solution to fight migraine and seize the day.
Avulux® may also be the only treatment you’ll need to treat your migraine symptoms. Read more about why Avulux may be for you.
Why Avulux® migraine glasses over other glasses (photophobia glasses, light sensitivity glasses, blue light blockers, and FL-41)?
The term migraine glasses has historically been used to label glasses that have helped some migraineurs cope with their migraine related light sensitivity. Maybe you’ve associated migraine glasses with:
- Blue light blockers
- FL-41 (dark, rose-tinted glasses)
- Light sensitivity glasses
- Photophobia glasses
- Dark orange, blue, or green glasses
Prior to Avulux®, these glasses were the only available optical filter solutions for migraineurs.
Shortfalls of Other Glasses
These glasses may only prevent a portion of the harmful, migraine-inducing light from entering your eyes.
Also, they normally use a film that is placed on the surface of the lens. If that film becomes scratched, it affects the lens' efficacy at preventing light from entering your eyes.
Although wearing these other glasses for light sensitivity relief may be better than not wearing any at all, they aren't clinically proven to actively treat or prevent ongoing migraine symptoms nor are they approved as a migraine medical device.
The Only Lens Approved by Government Health Agencies
Now, all of that has changed! Our unique and patented Avulux® lens technology is designed to precisely and effectively absorb the additional harmful wavelengths of light that other glasses on the market do not absorb. Best of all, you can wear them indoors and outdoors without color distortion.
If you haven’t tried the patented Avulux® glasses, then you haven’t truly tried migraine glasses. The term migraine glasses is given a whole new meaning. Don't let yourself miss out on experiencing what could be your last and only migraine tool to manage your migraine attacks.
In the countries where Avulux® is an approved medical device (Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union countries), a physician would say that it is as reasonable to use Avulux® as a migraine solution as it would be to use a prescribed pharmaceutical. The difference is that Avulux® does not come with any adverse side effects, and it is truly risk-free.
Avulux® migraine lenses are hardcoated and anti-scratch to military specifications.
Avulux's® migraine lens technology is engineered into the lenses uniformly at the molecular level. That means that if your lenses do become scratched, it won't affect the amount of light prevented from entering your eyes. The entirety of our lens effectively works to keep your eyes and your brain safe.
Our frames are lightweight, durable, stylish, and comfortable. Avulux® migraine glasses will become your go-to tool in your migraine fighting toolkit.
- Are you struggling with migraine related pain, light sensitivity, and negative side-effects from traditional migraine medication?
- Do you feel isolated and like migraine often takes over your schedule?
- Are you finding yourself remaining indoors or avoiding brighly lit places to reduce your exposure to migraine triggers?
- If you're wearing other glasses, are the heavily tinted lenses distorting your color perception?
- Are the tints on your glasses scratching off, leaving you exposed to light?
- And then comes the feeling of having to weather the storm and fight through the pain and side-effects with your current medication.
- You can manage your migraine symptoms, including the related head pain and light sensitivity, without any negative side-effects.
- Fight your migraine with a tool that’s been vetted by multiple regulatory health agencies in 29 countries.
- Take command of your schedule and your life with Avulux® at your side.
- Go to those brightly lit places, spend time with your favorite people, enjoy a concert, even feel comfortable going to work in front of your computer.
- Feel confident that Avulux® will continue performing together with you. Our clinically proven, military spec., anti-scratch, hardcoated migraine lenses will keep you protected from the light.
- We care about your relief and we hope you’ll use Avulux® to take command of your life and be at your best. Don’t let the pain and isolation associated with migraine define you.
Precision Tinted Lenses and Filters
Gray Filters vs Precision Filters
A study in 2011 tested precision tinted filters versus gray filters and simple colored filters on migraineur subjects who were made to look at a series of illusions and visual distortions.
The researchers found that the migraineur subjects’ brain activation normalized when they observed the visuals through the precision tinted filters (glasses) versus the other filters. They concluded that their study suggests a neurological basis for the therapeutic effect of precision tinted lenses4.
With good reason, people with migraine quickly run to a dark room at the onset of their migraine symptoms. However, it’s simply impossible at times. Migraine affects people in the most productive years of their lives. It’s not always reasonable to drop what you’re doing, run into a dark room, and cancel your plans.
What did you learn?
- Light can negatively affects migraneurs.
- Certain wavelengths of light are harmful while others are beneficial.
- Migraines (migraine attacks) can be prevented or treated by effectively preventing specific harmful wavelengths of light from entering your eyes.
- Most migraineurs suffer from light sensitivity.
Avulux® is evidence-based, proven, and approved to help you treat and prevent migraine, including the associated headache pain and light sensitivity.
Let Avulux® help you get back in control whether you have ocular migraine, vestibular migraine, hemiplegic migraine, migraine aura, nausea, or other classic migraine symptoms.
The Avulux® Promise
We understand the impact of migraine on you and want you to experience an improvement in your quality of life through a reduction or elimination of your migraine and light sensitivity symptoms.
When you make the decision to try Avulux® for yourself, do so with confidence. We care about your relief, so we're giving you 60 days to try them at home -- it's your time to be sure that you can find your relief.
Wear Avulux® and be at your best.
Try Avulux® migraine glasses at home to fight migraine for 60 days risk-free.
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