Lights That Cause Migraines

Lights That Cause Migraines

If you or someone around you has migraine headaches, you know how painful and debilitating they can be. You are familiar with the symptoms of a migraine headache that distinguish it from other headaches. The symptoms of migraines include throbbing pain, usually on one side of your head, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. 

Prior to the onset, some people experience blurry vision, flashing lights, and other vision issues. This painful headache can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Migraines can be triggered by sounds, sights, foods, among other things. People subject to migraine attacks are usually especially sensitive to light. Here are five familiar light sources that can cause a migraine:

1. Strobe lights at Concerts
A concert is a fun experience, but it can turn it into a painful one if you are prone to migraines.
The repetitive flashing of a strobe light is a known trigger. The contrasting light and dark, the length of time of exposure, and the light’s frequency affect brain-cell activities

2. Computer Screen Glare
Working the whole day staring at a computer screen frequently causes eye strain. If you get a headache after a long day of work, it may be caused by your computer screen.
Refresh rate, screen flicker, the contrast between your screen and the light in the room, and the blue wavelength light emitted by the screen can cause a migraine. People have found using a filter to remove blue light and purchasing a flicker-free monitor helps to deter migraines

3. Bright Lights on TV
You are not alone if you find that you get headaches when watching TV. If you spend a lot of time in front of your computer or TV screen, you probably have experienced eyestrain. The blue light emitted by TV screens, the distance from the screen, the length of time spent watching TV, and the brightness are factors that trigger a migraine or make any headache worse

4. Overhead Fluorescent Lights
If you’re prone to migraines, you might not want to install overhead fluorescent lights in your house or garage. The flickering of the bulbs is a known trigger of migraines. Some people have found that daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs help to alleviate the problem. If you’re in an office setting where there is fluorescent lighting, try to position your screen to reduce the glare and turn off the lights if possible

5. Bright Sunlight
Sunlight is warm and helps with vitamin D production. However, for migraine sufferers, staying out in the sun can result in more than just sunburn; it can cause a migraine headache. Even a few minutes of sunlight exposure may trigger a migraine. During a migraine attack, the bright light can produce pain. To prevent a migraine attack, avoid indoor and outdoor bright lights, and wear glasses with tinted lenses