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Tinted Lenses and Childhood Migraine

Extracted from “The Use of Tinted Glasses in Childhood Migraine” 

By P.A. Good, BSC, 
R.H. Taylor, F.R.C.S., F.C. Ophth, and
M.J. Mortimer, M.R.C.G.P
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital, Church Street, Birmingham B3 2NS, England.

Published in "Headache," Sept. 1991, pp. 533-535

20 children with clinically diagnosed migraine were asked to wear either a rose coloured tint or density matched blue tint for a period of 4 months. The frequency, duration and intensity of migraine attacks were recorded, together with the amount of visually provoked beta activity in the EEG. After one month's wear all the children in the study revealed an initial improvement in headache frequency. However, only those children wearing rose tints sustained this improvement up to 4 months, when the mean headache frequency had improved from 6.2 per month to 1.6 per month. The headache frequency of those children wearing blue tints revealed no overall improvement after 4 months. The improvements in headache frequency in children wearing rose tints correlated with a reduction in visually provoked beta activity. 

Key words: children, migraine, photophobia, tint, visual evoked responses