Precision-tinted sunglasses may help prevent migraines

Precision-tinted sunglasses may help prevent migraines in people whose pain is triggered by certain visual patterns according to a study published in the journal Cephalalgia.

According to a report in HealthDay News, researchers “assessed 11 people with migraines and 11 without the headaches using a functional MRI machine” while participants looked at high-contrast striped patterns through each of three separate pairs of eyeglasses.

Interestingly, the study authors “noted a normalization of brain activity in migraineurs wearing the tinted glasses while they were looking at the different patterns.”

The glasses used here are “regular glasses with precision tints” and can be used as often or as little as the person wants, said Huang, who is an associate professor of radiology at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

This is the first time that scientists have been able to come up with a neurological explanation for why tinted glasses work in preventing migraines, the authors stated.

But, don’t put on your rose-colored glasses to prevent migraines just yet.

“This is an interesting study, but I would have to see more data and more people,” said Dr. Carmen Ramirez, an assistant professor of internal medicine in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Bryan. “It’s a start to more research. It’s applicability would have to be explored further.”

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