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Coloured lenses could help you beat migraines

by , 18 July 2013

You've heard the expression about looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses. Well, it turns out real-life floral lenses won't just help give you a sunnier outlook on life, but they could help you beat migraine pain…

“A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound,” says the Mayo Clinic.

If you suffer from migraine attacks, the good news is that the solution to alleviating this pain could be as simple as fitting your eyeglasses with coloured lenses, according to the study in the journal Cephalalgia.

Could you really alleviate migraine pain with coloured lenses?

According to Nutrition & Healing, researchers asked 11 patients with migraines with aura and 11 with no headache problems to stare at the high-contrast patterns known to trigger migraines while wearing different types of lenses: Clear, grey and a rose-coloured tint known as an FL-41 filter.

Patients with migraines reported improvement with both grey and rose-coloured. While grey lenses eased the discomfort by an average of 40%, the FL-41 tint slashed pain levels by up to 70%.

According to Nutrition & Healing, it’s not the first time researchers have found that coloured lenses can beat migraines. In fact, the theory got some unexpected attention in the sports world recently when basketball player Dwayne Wade wore tinted goggles to help ease his own headaches.

Unfortunately his experiment ended when the NBA banned the lenses saying they could give him an unfair advantage on the court.
The good thing is that you don’t need a ruling from the league to try tinted lenses or any of the other natural drug-free option for fighting migraines.

But since there’s no single cause of migraines, there’s no single answer, either and you may need to experiment a little to find one that works for you.

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