Don’t Let Migraines Keep You in the Dark

If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating and intrusive they can be. Lasting from hours to days, migraine pain can be so severe that it interferes with your day.

Some people experience a warning sign called “auras” before a migraine attack. These can include visual disturbances like flashes of light or blind spots or other sensations like difficulty speaking or tingling in the face, arms, or legs.

If you experience migraines, please reach out to our team at Central Optometry. We can introduce you to Avalux glasses, an innovative approach to controlling migraine pain.

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What Are Migraines?

A migraine is a neurological condition that is generally characterized by intense headaches. Symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or legs
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Migraines generally develop in stages.

Prodrome

Also known as a “pre-headache,” prodrome can occur 1 to 2 days before the migraine attack. Some may notice this stage while others don’t. Symptoms during prodrome vary from person to person but can include:

  • Constipation
  • Mood changes, from depression to euphoria
  • Food cravings
  • Neck stiffness
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Frequent yawning
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Not all migraines are preceded by auras, but some people may experience these sensations before the migraine attack and after the prodrome stage. Auras are symptoms of the nervous system and usually present as visual disturbances, but they can present in other ways as well.

Auras generally develop slowly, building up over several minutes and lasting for 20 to 60 minutes.

Some migraine auras include:

  • Visual phenomena like seeing shapes, bright spots, or flashes of light
  • Vision loss
  • Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
  • Weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Hearing noises or music
  • Uncontrollable jerking or other movements

Migraines can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours if not treated, but this can vary from person to person. Some experience migraines regularly, while others only rarely.

A migraine attack can come with symptoms like:

  • Pain on one side of the head but often on both sides
  • Pulsing or throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smell and touch
  • Nausea and vomiting

The postdrome stage occurs once a migraine has passed. You may feel drained, confused, or sick. Some people have reported feeling elated after.

Who Is Affected by Migraines?

Migraines aren’t fully understood, but it’s believed that genetics and environmental factors may play a role. Migraines may also be influenced by changes in the brainstem and how it interacts with the trigeminal nerve (the largest of the cranial nerves originating in the brain). Imbalances in brain chemicals, like serotonin, may also be involved.

Anyone of any age can experience migraines, but some factors may make you more prone to them:

  • Family history: If you have a family member who experiences migraines, you’re more likely to experience them as well.
  • Age: Although migraines can begin at any age, they first occur during adolescence, peak during your 30s, and continue to become less severe and less frequent.
  • Sex: Women are 3 times more likely to experience migraines than men.
  • Hormonal changes: Migraines may begin just before or shortly after menstruation and may change during pregnancy and menopause. Migraines generally improve after menopause.

Migraine Relief with Avulux®

While some medications and lifestyle changes can make migraines less painful, at Central Optometry, we offer Avulux® Migraine & Photophobia glasses to help reduce the pain and discomfort of migraine headaches so you can get through your day.

Avulux® glasses are the only clinically proven spectacles for migraine pain and light sensitivity relief. 90% of Avulux® users experience such significant relief from their migraines that they are able to carry on with their daily activities. And up to 74% of Avulux® users can reduce their dependence on their medications.

Avulux® migraine glasses are a Class I Medical Device in 32 countries, including Canada. Clinical trials have proven Avulux® to be effective for preventing and treating migraine attacks and providing light sensitivity relief.

How Do Avulux® Migraine & Photophobia Glasses Work?

Photophobia (light sensitivity) is extremely common among migraine sufferers. Nearly 85 to 90% of those who get migraines experience light sensitivity, with many citing light as a major trigger.

Avulux® glasses are designed to filter as much as 97% of the light most likely to trigger and intensify migraine headaches.

Over 8 years of research went into creating Avulux’s precision filters. These filters protect the most sensitive light cells in your eyes and return your brain activity back to normal. It’s not surprising that migraine sufferers with photophobia retreat to a dark room when they feel a migraine coming on. Avulux® Migraine & Photophobia glasses are your portable dark room!

  • Treat acute attacks: Don your Avulux® glasses whenever you feel migraine symptoms or experience light sensitivity.
  • Prevent migraine attacks: Wear your Avulux® glasses throughout your day or during any triggering activity, like working at a computer.
  • No side effects: Wearing a pair of Avulux® glasses is like wearing your favourite sunglasses! They’re clinically proven to treat and prevent migraine pain without the side effects of medications.

Don’t Let Your Migraines Win

If you suffer from migraine headaches, please reach out to your eye care team at Central Optometry or bring it up during your next eye exam. We’d be more than happy to discuss the benefits of migraine relief and prevention with Avulux® Migraine & Photophobia glasses!