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HeadWay, Issue #089 -- Flicker
June 21, 2011
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In this month's issue:
Flicker - Migraine and Visual Stimuli
New Migraine Barometer Shipment
Say what?! Pattern Glare
Flicker - Migraine and Visual StimuliYes, what you see can trigger a migraine attack. But what kinds of things can trigger attacks? And is there anything we can do about it?
Migraineurs have reported being bothered by a number of visual things, including:
A study this month from York University confirmed again that migraineurs have trouble adapting to flickering lights. The sensitivity is not just at one point - it seems to be a complex difference in the visual systems for a migraine patient. In other words, their bodies react differently to flicker. They're just more sensitive. (See Detection and discrimination of flicker contrast in migraine)
Where is the research going?
The research is still only beginning. There's a lot we don't understand about a migraine patient's reaction to flickering light, and contrasting patterns. However, the research thus far is telling us that migraineurs have "unique brains" that process the information in a different way - and that means all the time, not just during a migraine attack.
So this is not just about fluorescent lights - it's about the way our bodies work. Researchers are interested in understanding the migraine chain-reaction, and in understanding how migraine is different in different people. This may lead to better treatments, and more specialized treatments in the future.
What can I do about Flicker?
Here are a few things you might want to consider that could help fight migraine attacks and improve your vision overall:
New Migraine Barometer Shipment!Good news for those of you who have been waiting to purchase the Migraine Barometer! New ones are finally being shipped!
A little background: This digital barometer is by far the most useful tool I've come across for anyone who suspects that weather plays a role in their migraine attacks. However, we've had a great deal of trouble keeping them in stock - something that is, I'm afraid, out of our control.
However, we do have some available - at least temporarily! So I'm making the order page available again for anyone who is interested. Once they're sold out, I'll have to shut down the page again.
For more about weather and migraine, read How to handle the dreaded barometric pressure headache! Find out about the Migraine Barometer here.
Say what?! Pattern GlarePattern Glare is a term used to describe the discomfort or visual perceptual distortions that may be experienced when viewing striped patterns. Different from flicker, pattern glare is also typically worse for migraine patients. Precision tinted glasses may significantly help people who have pattern glare symptoms.
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