Research is shedding light on a new way to ease the agony of crippling migraines and headaches. Light sensitivity, or photophobia, is a frequent symptom of migraine headaches, which affect nearly 15% of the world’s population. But researchers have found that exposure to a narrow band of green light significantly reduces light sensitivity and can reduce the severity and pain of a headache.
In the study, researchers asked patients experiencing acute migraine attacks to report any change in headache when exposed to different intensities of blue, green, amber and red light.
At high intensity of light – as in a well-lit office – nearly 80% of patients reported more intense migraine pain from exposure to all colors but green. Not only that, they found that green light reduces migraine pain by about 20%.
A migraine is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or side of the head. Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.
Researchers say their findings offer real hope to patients with migraines and a promising path forward for researchers and clinicians.
Meantime, scientists are now working to develop a more affordable light bulb that emits ‘pure’, or narrow band wavelength, green light at low intensity, as well as affordable sunglasses that block all but this narrow band of pure green light.
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