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How can I manage light sensitivity caused by migraine?

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  • Put blinds over your windows to prevent glare from sunlight.
  • Use soft lighting.
  • Don't use fluorescent bulbs, which can flicker. Flickering light can set off migraines in some people.
  • Place lights away from areas where they might reflect and cause glare, like mirrors, walls, and screens.
  • Adjust the brightness and angle of your screens to cut down on glare and reflections.
  • Many people with migraines are most sensitive to red and blue light. Special sunglasses can filter these out.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Photophobia: Looking for Causes and Solutions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraine Headaches."

Headache : "Noise as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity."

Headache Pain : "Phenotypic features of chronic migraine."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine symptoms and causes," "Migraine Treatment."

Nature Neuroscience: "A neural mechanism for exacerbation of headache by light."

Neurology : "The anterior insula shows heightened interictal intrinsic connectivity in migraine without aura."

NHS: "Migraine and light sensitivity."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Photophobia: Looking for Causes and Solutions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraine Headaches."

Headache : "Noise as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity."

Headache Pain : "Phenotypic features of chronic migraine."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine symptoms and causes," "Migraine Treatment."

Nature Neuroscience: "A neural mechanism for exacerbation of headache by light."

Neurology : "The anterior insula shows heightened interictal intrinsic connectivity in migraine without aura."

NHS: "Migraine and light sensitivity."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

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