Headaches From Sunglasses

headache while wearing sunglassesI get headaches when I wear sunglasses. Most people suffer from headaches at one time or another, and many people in North American suffer from migraines, ranging in frequency from several times a year to once a month or more often. In many cases, a migraine or severe headache forces the sufferer into isolation until it goes away, damaging their ability to work, socialize, and generally live life to its fullest.

What most people don’t already realize is that many migraines and headaches can be prevented through the regular use of a good set of sunglasses! Regardless of whether it’s the summer solstice or the frigid depths of winter, a high quality pair of sunglasses is a very useful preventive health item as well as a fashion accessory. Since bright light can trigger migraines, headaches, and contribute to tension and other disorders, a good pair of sunglasses can significantly improve your quality of life, as well as preventing serious eye degeneration that can eventually lead to blindness.

An effective pair of sunglasses should block both UVA and UVB rays, but new research suggests that High Energy Visible (HEV) light may also contribute to eye disorders, particularly in children. There is still insufficient data on this subject, but some manufacturers now design to block UV rays as well as HEV light, reducing your changes or visual damage from light sources.

It’s very important to note that dark glasses are not the same as UV-exclusive glasses. Check to make sure that your shades are made by a reputable manufacturer, and that they’re certified to block out UVA and UVB at least – if they don’t do this, it’s very possible that they’re worsening your exposure to harmful light by tricking your eyes into.

Since damage from UV exposure is cumulative, it’s important to regularly wear a high-quality set of sunglasses, and to start young. If you teach your children at a young age about the value of wearing good sunglasses, you may save their eyes from damage later and besides, everyone knows how cool a good set of shades look.

9 thoughts on “Headaches From Sunglasses

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  2. I just bought a pair of sunglasses last week only to discover that i get serious migrane and giddiness whenever i wear them. have been wearing sunglasses for years, but never had any problem like this before. Any ideas?

  3. Hmm, I’m not sunglasses person, but headaches being prevented by wearing glasses? That sounds a bit extraordinary, right? I mean I’m bit of a skeptic, so pardon my question 🙂 Media is hardly a good source for any good reliable info on science.

    Although I can see how it can individually cause headaches (not migraines) for some.

  4. This makes sense to me, absolutely that wearing sunglasses would prevent headaches. I have found that going without sunglasses is painful, as I am shielding my eyes and trying not to squint in bright sunlight. I tend to have the sunglasses with me at all times for this reason. I also make sure I have a hat with a brim when I’m out in sunlight.

    I’m sensitive to excessive indoor light as well, especially overhead lights in general and fluorescent overhead lights in particular can give me headaches. In my apartment I never use overhead lights.

  5. I suffer from migraines on a regular basis and I never even knew that my sunglasses could be a contributing factor to it.

    Great and informative post, would have to keep all this in mind from now on.

  6. I reckon wearing glasses all the time is bad for your eyes. Its like staying indoors all the time when you need that little bit of sunlight to live a healthier life. The eyes become more sensitive to sunlight when you keep wearing the sunglasses all the time. Im not saying that look at the sun directly or anything. Protect yourself with caps/hats.

    A poor advice given here in this article is to start young with wearing glasses. This is misleading people from lightness to dark. There should be studies done before writing articles like these.

    Ive known people having headaches just because they were wearing glasses all the time. It might suit some people just because they look cool in it.

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