“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “
I am occasionally plagued by horrific migraines that send me to bed for a whole day at a time. On top of that, thanks to my good pal lupus, I also suffer from light sensitivity and can actually have a lupus flare up just from being underneath a fluorescent light. The light from my computer screen can make me sick. The sun can make me sick. Overhead lights in the mall or an office can make me sick. I’m not positive I’m not a vampire.
So when given the opportunity to try out a pair of TheraSpecs glasses that are proven to filter nearly 80% of the most harmful wave-lengths of blue-green light (aka bad lights that make Lisa sick) for a review on my blog, well that was a no brainer. When you suffer from migraines and light sensitivity you will try anything to find some relief. So I signed up for the review and had a pair of Indoor Classic TheraSpecs delivered to my door. You can choose from several different styles, both indoor and outdoor lenses, and for those of you with terrible eye sight you can opt to have your prescription added to the lenses, or you can purchase a pair that fit over your glasses. I personally chose a regular pair without a prescription because although I wear glasses on a daily basis, I can see my computer screen perfectly and hardly ever wear my lenses when I’m reading or writing.
Overall they are nice looking glasses. They are durable and light-weight.The pair I chose have a Ray Ban Wayfairer shape to them which makes them cool amongst my hipster friends. But you can also get an Aviator shape if you want to rock that Top Gun style (you can click here to check out the variety of styles available). “The tint in TheraSpecs lenses has been independently tested and verified to filter more of the most harmful wavelengths of light (between 480-500nm) than comparable therapeutic eyewear,” and this happens to give the lenses a rose-coloured tint. Bono also wears rose-tinted lenses for glaucoma (I don’t know what brand his are) so these glasses makes me feel that much closer to him, kind of like we’re twins. More importantly, TheraSpecs are comfortable enough that you can easily forget you are wearing them.
I’ve been wearing mine for almost a month on a daily basis while blogging and checking Facebook and I’ve noticed a big difference. My eyes don’t sting the way they normally do, I can stay on the computer much longer because I’m not getting that same debilitating pain behind my left eye that is a warning sign that a huge migraine is about to hit. And I haven’t gotten a single migraine since (although let’s be honest that could also have something to do with the fact that I’m on a preventative migraine medication).
Part of the reason TheraSpecs were invented was to help people reduce migraines without needing to rely on as much medication which can cause side effects like MORE MIGRAINES. Makes no sense, I know. But even knowing that, I’m not sure I’m personally willing to give up that sweet little blue pill that has been helping me with migraines just yet, although TheraSpecs have been proven to reduce migraine attack frequency by 74% and bring relief to almost 90% of the people who wear them. Baby steps.
I’m currently off work so I haven’t been able to use my TheraSpecs in an office setting where I sit under fluorescent lights all day but I can promise that as soon as I’m back under those unforgiving lights I will be bringing my fancy TheraSpecs shades with me.
I’m a really picky person, so I wasn’t expecting to love these glasses as much as I do. But they have been a big help to me since I’ve gotten them. A lot of the time when you want something to help you live an easier life with a chronic illness you have to sacrifice your sense of style, so I really like that you don’t have to do that with these glasses. I mean sure, you will probably get a few weird glances if you walk around the office all day wearing shades, but those co-workers probably just wish they looked more like you. I mean, aside from Bono we have the likes of Robert Downey Jr. wearing the same coloured lenses as us. That’s bound to cause some jealousy.
If you’re interested in finding out more about TheraSpecs and how they can help you, check out their website here. They have become a huge life saver for me so I hope they can do the same for you!