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August 15, 2022

Migraine: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Management Explained

Migraines are a common neurological disorder that can cause moderate to severe throbbing pain predominantly on one side of the head which can last for hours or even days. Sudden movements, bright lights, or loud noises can aggravate migraine symptoms. One in four people experiences an ocular migraine/aura which is a temporary visual distortion that often begins with a small sparkling or flashing, shimmering area that slowly expands outward or a blank spot that lasts up to 30 minutes. Some people may even experience temporary loss in vision when experiencing an aura. According to Statistics Canada, migraine prevalence is highest among people between the ages of 30 to 40 years with a higher incidence in women.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to migraine management, but there are several strategies that can help reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. Understanding migraine triggers and investing in helpful migraine treatment options will allow you to continue to do things that you enjoy, without having to worry about your symptoms!

Migraine Symptoms

Migraine symptoms vary from person to person but can typically include headaches that throb or pulse on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, vomiting, and/or blurred vision. In some cases, people can also experience visual auras.

Migraine Triggers

Common migraine triggers include stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, food sensitivities, caffeine intake or withdrawals, hormonal imbalances, changes in weather or barometric pressure, and exposure to bright lights or loud noises. Up to 60% of migraine attacks are actually triggered by light, and this can be light from fluorescent television and indoor lighting, computer screens and/or sunlight.

Migraine Treatment Options At Eyedeology

There are a number of traditional strategies that can help manage migraines, in addition to taking medication. These include:

  1. Practicing stress-relief techniques such as yoga or meditation
  2. Drinking plenty of fluids
  3. Eating regular meals and snacks
  4. Getting enough sleep
  5. Taking breaks from bright lights and loud noises
  6. Avoiding excessive caffeine consumption
  7. Wearing sunglasses outdoors to reduce light sensitivity
  8. Putting cold compresses on the forehead or neck to relieve pain

While there are medications and lifestyle changes that can help you manage the symptoms of a migraine, at Eyedeology we offer Avulux, a first-of-its-kind lens clinically proven to prevent and treat migraine attacks and provide light sensitivity relief. In clinical trials, 90% of Avulux users experienced relief from their migraines enough to carry on with their daily activities and 74% of users were able to reduce their dependence on medications for pain management.

When certain cells in your eyes are exposed to bright light, migraines can be triggered. Avulux migraine glasses are specifically designed to filter out the most painful blue, amber and red lights that we are exposed to on a daily basis while allowing soothing beneficial green light to pass through. These lenses help reduce migraine symptoms like throbbing, painful headaches, vertigo, and light sensitivity. Backed by over 8 years of research and design, Avulux lenses are designed so that your eyes are still protected and your world is not colour distorted like in traditional sunglasses, making them perfect for indoor or outdoor use! At Eyedeology, we are able to make these lenses in your prescription using any frame, including your own, or in one of Avulux’s lightweight and durable frames.

Try this no-risk option to manage all the difficult symptoms of migraines supported by science and evidence. Let us help you in treating and preventing migraine pain without the side effects of medications, and make Avulux your go-to migraine pain management tool! Call us at 587-353-5061 or email to know more about this revolutionary eye care product available at our clinic in Downtown Calgary – Eyedeology.

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