Describing a migraine as “a bad headache” is an understatement, to say the least. Anyone who’s experienced it, especially if it’s chronic, knows how painful and disruptive it is to your everyday life. Since it goes hand in hand with light sensitivity, fluorescent light poses an unusual threat to migraine sufferers. Here are five ways to prevent this type of painful migraine.
Steer Clear of Blue Lights
Revamping the lighting in your home and workspace can make a huge difference when it comes to migraine relief. Consider changing your light bulbs to blue-blocking bulbs; experts say that blue light appears to be a more threatening migraine trigger. Also, try to use soft-lit lamps more frequently than harsh overhead lights.
Opt for Natural Light Whenever Possible
The American Migraine Foundation recommends, for example, sitting next to a window rather than sitting under bright fluorescent lights. You can also try gradually increasing your exposure to bright light in order to slowly build up your tolerance.
Consider a Blue Light Filter for Your Electronics
Since computers and other electronic devices often emit blue light, you might want to consider getting some sort of screen protector that blocks it out. Alternatively, you can go with specialty blue light lenses that can be worn both indoors and outdoors, which essentially does the same job. Just be sure they’re precision tinted FL-41 lenses; these filter this kind of light best.
Don’t Wear Regular Sunglasses Indoors
Also known as photophobia, migraines brought on by light sensitivity are particularly painful. While it may sound counterintuitive, the American Academy of Ophthalmology actually suggests not wearing sunglasses while inside because it will likely make your light sensitivity worse. If being indoors means being assaulted by blue light, go with the tinted FL-41 lenses mentioned above.
Make Sure Your Light Sensitivity Stems from Migraines
Photophobia, while a hallmark of migraines, is also associated with other medical conditions that present with similar symptoms. Depending on the situation, it may warrant an alternative course of treatment. Neurological conditions like meningitis and pituitary tumors, for instance, also cause severe light sensitivity, as does a movement disorder called blepharospasm. The best treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis, so seek out an ophthalmologist before assuming that migraines are the culprit.
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