I think it has been well established by now that I suffer from migraines and have for years. I take two different medications daily to help and sometimes even that doesn’t work. I have tried many different things to help prevent me from getting them. Some of those things work well, some work for a while and then quit working, and some don’t work at all. It is a constant trial and error thing with me to try to get relief. I also have several triggers that will bring on a migraine, and I do my best to avoid those triggers. One of those triggers is light. Bright lights really bother me. They make my eyes hurt and feel strained, and I start to get a headache right behind my eyes. When I was a teacher, I used these awesome florescent light filter pads that covered the overhead lights and cast a soft blue light throughout the room. Many of my students with autism also had sensitivities to light so this helped them and me. Score! Other teachers would come hang in my room all the time because it was so peaceful. When I am at home, I often don’t turn the lights on. I would rather sit in the dark than to have the blaring lights on. We also very rarely use our overhead lighting and use lamps with soft lights instead.
The light from screens bothers me too. My husband always gets annoyed when he uses my phone because I have the screen brightness turned down really low. He swears he can’t see anything on my phone. I do the same thing with my computer and turn the brightness down low. Otherwise the screen really bothers me. I don’t know why, but it does. This brings me to one of my favorite things. I decided to order a pair of blue light blocking glasses several months ago to see if that would help with my migraines. I had read a few articles from people saying that it helped them. Since I already knew the screen brightness bothered me and I am on my phone and computer most of the day, I thought maybe it would help me. I chose a decent looking pair from Amazon that had good reviews and ordered them. I know you are thinking that I already wear glasses so how could this possibly work? Well, I wear glasses because I am nearsighted. I can read and see things up close just fine. It is distance that I have a problem with. I don’t really need glasses to see my computer or phone. I can totally see fine with just the blue light blocking glasses on to do my work. Maybe it is all psychological, but they do seem to help me. My eyes don’t feel as strained when I wear them, and I don’t feel the headache behind my eyes as often as I was. Blue light blocking glasses were originally created to be used before bedtime to help with sleep. I do think they help with that too, but I think that wearing them during the day when I am on my computer and phone a lot helps too. If you suffer from migraines and are on your phone or computer a lot, I would highly recommend that you try them. Go with the inexpensive ones on Amazon versus the higher priced ones on Instagram. They work just fine for a fraction of the cost.
Now, recently I went to the eye doctor for my annual checkup and needed a new prescription because my vision had gotten worse seeing at a distance. My close-up vision is still perfectly fine. Anyway, I needed a new pair of glasses. When I was ordering my new pair, the lady asked if I wanted the blue light blocking lenses. I had no idea that this was now an option for my regular glasses. Of course I said yes so I won’t have to change my glasses out several times a day. The only drawback to these though, is when pictures are taken of me or I take a selfie. My lenses now have a purple tint to them in pictures unless I find the right angle. I guess it is worth the sacrifice of trying to get great pictures in order to not get as many migraines!