Optic Topic

Lenses For Light-Sensitive Eyes

Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of June 21, 2020

If your eyes are sensitive to light as a result of migraines, post-concussion syndrome, or any of the many other light-sensitive conditions, you should ask about “FL-41” lenses. These precision-tinted, rose-colored, therapeutic lenses were first developed to help alleviate migraine symptoms in young children, particularly against harm caused by fluorescent (FL) lighting.

They work by blocking about 90% of blue-green light (within the spectrum of 480-520) nanometers), which clinical research has found to be responsible for triggering or aggravating “photophobia” (or light sensitivity that causes light to be perceived as being too bright, too painful or both) in conditions like migraines. In fact, there are over 50 conditions that have photophobia as a symptom.

Photophobia is a neurological issue that involves communication between receptors in the eye and the brain.

Staying out of sunlight and keeping the lights dimmed inside can help make photophobia less uncomfortable. Keeping your eyes closed or covering them with dark, tinted glasses can also provide relief. Consult your doctor immediately if you’re experiencing severe light sensitivity.

To learn more, please call 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:

Mon. & Thurs. 8:00am – 7:30pm
Tues. & Wed. 8:00am – 5:30pm
Fri. 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sat. 8:30am to Noon (Labor Day thru last Saturday of April)