Glasses for light sensitivity

Glasses for Light Sensitivity. Yes, we did.

Photophobia glasses, also known as light sensitivity glasses, naturally relieve painful light sensitivity by blocking specific wavelengths of light that have been shown to worsen photophobia symptoms.

If you're photophobic, treatment can be complicated, but we make it simple. Protect yourself from harmful light, and get your life back.

If you don't find photophobia relief from our tinted glasses, get a full refund with our 60-day money-back guarantee!

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Photophobia Glasses or Light Sensitivity Glasses: What Are They?

Photophobia glasses are not new.

They were first developed in the 1990s as FL-41 glasses by Dr. Arnold Wilkins of Cambridge University. Dr. Wilkins had patients come to him complaining of headaches and eye strain from fluorescent lighting.

As a result, he worked on developing a specialized eyeglass tint that would reduce the wavelengths emitted of light emitted specifically by fluorescent bulbs. The result was the Fluorescent-41 or FL-41 tint.

While FL-41 is an older technology, migraine sufferers and people with photophobia still use it today.

At Axon Optics, we looked at this older technology and decided we could improve on it. Over a span of two decades, we have worked to refine the FL-41 tint to block more of the harmful light and let more of the good light in. Our lenses are coated with more than 18 layers for long-lasting quality and effectiveness.

Even eyewear labeled FL-41 has wide variances in lens quality, tint, and other characteristics. You won’t typically find glasses of our quality in optical stores or from other sellers. Our lenses are more effective, and have been proven so in a University study

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Natural Photophobia Relief for Light-Sensitive Eyes

Fortunately for those with light sensitivity, there are several ways to find natural relief.

It’s as simple as reducing your exposure to the types of light most likely to cause your discomfort. While this may seem like a big task due to lighting conditions at work, home, or school, it doesn't have to be. One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce your exposure is to wear photophobia glasses.

Also called migraine or light sensitivity glasses, this eyewear with a specialized tint has been shown to benefit the vast majority of users. At Axon Optics, we measured the effectiveness of our photophobia glasses via a HIT-6 (Headache Impact Test) survey. A HIT-6 test is clinically valid, and ours was eight years in the making with hundreds of participants. 

You can’t argue with these results!

Reduces the impact of light

88% of users saw a reduction in light impact

Reduce the impact of headaches

87% of users saw a reduction in headache impact

decrease in light sensitivity severity

38% decrease in light sensitivity impact

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24% fewer headaches

Why Not Just Wear Sunglasses 24/7?

Many people with light sensitivity often pose the question—Couldn't I just wear my regular sunglasses indoors? On the surface, it makes a lot of sense, especially because wearing sunglasses indoors often results in immediate photophobia relief.

But there's a catch.

A 2015 study published in Elsevier Survey of Ophthalmology concluded that wearing sunglasses indoors must be strongly discouraged. Over time, your eyes become adapted to the dark, which progressively increases your light intolerance.

In the long-term, even normal light conditions will be aggravatingly sensitive. A normally lit room—one that's never given you trouble in the past—could be equivalent to walking out of a pitch-black movie on a sunny day at noon.

Severe light sensitive conditions

Managing Photophobia and Light Sensitivity

As with most other medical conditions, the old adage about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure is spot on. Seeing your doctor for regular, thorough eye exams can catch any developing concerns or complications.

The underlying cause of your light sensitivity might be tough to pinpoint and difficult to treat. However, knowing your photophobia triggers can help you take preventative measures or manage your condition more effectively.

For example, many migraineurs are triggered by specific kinds of light, such as the blue light from digital screens, fluorescent fixtures, bright sunlight, or even LED lighting. Avoiding certain places, using barriers, or changing the lighting in your home or office are all options. But you have to decide how much you’re willing to change your daily routine and how much hassle you’re okay with.

Fortunately, there’s a simple product you can take with you anywhere that can filter out the painful glitch and reduce your symptoms. You guessed it — we’re talking about glasses for photophobia.

Light Sensitivity Glasses Do Well in Studies

Major Reduction in Migraine Episodes

People with migraine are very likely to suffer from photophobia.

And people with photophobia often identify bright lights, or certain types of light, as a migraine trigger.

Given the close relationship between the two conditions, it is relevant to mention a study performed at the University of Birmingham.

During this study of migraine patients, those who wore the precisely tinted migraine glasses experienced an average reduction in migraine attacks from more than 6 per month, to just two. That’s a significant improvement.

Big Improvement in Light Sensitivity Severity

This study also examined how light sensitivity glasses would affect blepharospasm (BEB), a condition that causes involuntary and excessive blinking or squeezing of the eyelids.

BEB almost always comes with photophobia.

As opposed to wearing gray tinted lenses, participants experienced a 2x improvement in their light sensitivity symptoms wearing the rose-tinted photophobia glasses.

Why Axon Optics Glasses for Light Sensitivity?

Sure, you could look for FL-41 glasses or migraine glasses online. You might find some cheap ones. However, you might not know what you’re getting.

One of the most important aspects of choosing light sensitivity eyewear is choosing the right source. 

At Axon Optics, we make painstaking efforts to ensure our light sensitivity glasses are the best available. Why? Because we understand photophobia and the impact it has on your daily life. The only way our glasses can improve the way you manage your photophobia is by offering a high-quality product that does what it says it does. Axon Optics glasses:

  • Were created by a neuro-ophthalmologist and researcher named Dr. Bradley J. Katz, who has been treating patients for over 20 years
  • Are designed out of a lab at the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center
  • Come in multiple lens options including indoor, outdoor, and transition lenses
  • Include an advanced anti-glare coating to prevent light from reflecting off of the backside of the lens into your eye⁠ — reduces smudges, fingerprints, and scratches
  • Feature a proprietary rose-tinted lens which has been tested to be significantly better than generic FL-41 offered by most optical shops
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What's the Deal With Blue Light Glasses for Light Sensitivity?

Don't be fooled by fancy marketing!

Blue light glasses are NOT the same as photophobia glasses. They block completely different types of light.

Dr. Bradley J. Katz, a neuro-ophthalmologist at the University of Utah explains, “Most blue-blocking glasses do not block the wavelengths of light that activate the pain-sensitive cells in your eye. Those cells are activated by light at about 480 nanometers which is a blueish/greenish light, and most blue-blocking lenses only come down to about 450 nanometers, so they’re just not designed to help with the pain.”

Even though blue-blocking glasses can help reduce eye strain from digital devices, they don't block the offending light that has been shown to aggravate photophobia. To relieve light sensitivity, people who are photophobic should wear glasses that block the blue-green wavelength, and not the blue-violet wavelength.

Axon Optics glasses are specifically designed to block the exact wavelength needed for maximum relief.

Have Glasses Already?

Keep Your Current Frames

If you love your current frames too much to give up, no need to worry! We give you the option to swap out your existing lenses with our precision-tinted FL-41 lenses. That way, you can keep your same stylish lenses AND find some much-needed photophobia relief.

Prescription Lenses? No Problem

For people who have prescription lenses, we have a few options. 1) Order online (as long as it's single-vision). 2) Anything other than single-vision (bifocal, trifocal), you must go to an eye-care professional to have them placed. Also, if you just want to see if the lenses work for you, we have a Cover-RX frame, which is designed to be worn OVER your glasses.

Risk-Free Light Sensitivity Relief

We wouldn't want you to keep something that doesn't work for you! If you don't find any natural photophobia and light sensitivity relief with our lightly tinted glasses, please send them back to us within 60 days to get a refund.