AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 1, 2018


Exposure to Narrow Band of Green Light Improves Migraine Symptoms

Green light significantly reduces light sensitivity and can reduce headache severity

Nearly 15 percent of the world’s population is affected by migraines with light sensitivity, also known as photophobia. Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has found that exposing those who suffer from migraines to a narrow band of green light significantly reduces photophobia and can reduce the severity of each headache. “Althought photophobia is not usually as incapacitating as headache paint itself, the inability to endure light can be disabling,” said lead author Rami Burstein, PhD, vice chair of research in the department of anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine and academic director of the Comprehensive Headache Center at BIDMC, as well as the John Hedley-Whyte Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School (HMS). “More than 80 percent of migraine attacks are associated with an exacerbated by light sensitivity, leading many migraine sufferers to seek the comfort of darkness and isolate themselves from work, family and everyday activities.” To read more, click here

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