Ari Magill, M.D. earned a B.S. in Zoology from University of Texas in Austin, TX and graduated with an M.D. from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. Dr. Magill completed neurology residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and completed a movement disorders neurology fellowship at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora, CO. He formerly practiced as a staff neurohospitalist at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. Currently, Dr. Magill conducts independent VA disability exams on veterans who sustained traumatic brain injury and serves as a clinical research investigator for the IMA Group at their Alea Clinical Research facility.
Dr. Magill enjoys medical writing and has a special interest in cognitive, behavioral, and memory disorders and functional medicine health coaching. He is passionate about advancing dementia treatment through clinical research and aggressive lifestyle change aided by judicious use of supplements. Dr. Magill is an avid bicycle rider, a film enthusiast, and enjoys playing basketball in his free time.
Indoor Sunglasses? You must be a rock star trying to look cool, right? This is probably what someone would say if you are sporting a pair of sunglasses inside.
However, we know you’re not trying to be a rockstar, you’re seeking relief from fluorescent lighting, the glare from computer screens, and the bounced light shining through a window. These can all launch a veritable assault on the person with light sensitive eyes.
To help your light sensitive eyes, don’t wear regular sunglasses indoors, get sunglasses specifically made for indoor use.
Wearing Regular Sunglasses Indoors Can Worsen Your Light Sensitivity
Dr. Bradley Katz, a neuro-ophthalmologist at the University of Utah Medical Center and founder of Axon Optics says, “Unfortunately, by wearing dark glasses, even though one may feel better temporarily, once the glasses come off the light sensitivity can become much worse.”
He goes on, “By wearing dark glasses, the eye “dark adapts” and becomes more sensitive to light. Think of what it’s like to go outside after being in a matinee for 2 hours. The afternoon light is blinding until your eyes re-adapt to the light. Dark-adapting your eyes is a common problem for migraineurs and other sufferers of light sensitivity.”
Instead, Use Specially Tinted Indoor Sunglasses
You can purchase specially tinted indoor sunglasses that don’t dark-adapt your eyes here. Axon Optics powered by Avulux® Migraine Lenses were developed by a neuro-ophthalmologist, and have been shown to help reduce the impact of light sensitivity, which may include migraine. More on the specifics of that later.
The concept of indoor sunglasses (or light sensitivity glasses as they are often called) has been around for decades. Scientists have been working to perfect the technology, making today’s indoor sunglasses better researched than ever. And fortunately, they are also more stylish.
Several studies suggest that these special indoor sunglasses may help some people who suffer from light sensitivity. They do this by blocking certain types of “bad light” while letting “good light” through. A person who is sensitive to light wears the glasses and the lenses shield the person’s eyes from the wavelengths of light most associated with triggering their symptoms.