A quick search online will tell you that there are people concerned about getting dizzy, nauseous, or even experiencing headaches when wearing polarized lenses. On the other hand, a vast majority seems to find either no effect or even relief from headache symptoms while wearing polarized lenses. So what’s the story?
Polarized lenses are used in some sunglasses in order to cut down on glare. Anyone who has experienced migraine knows that glare can be like a knife going through your head. Thus, quality sunglasses are popular with migraine sufferers.
Although those marketing sunglasses are naturally anxious to defend their products, there are good reasons to believe that the polarization itself, in a majority of cases, is probably not the culprit.
First, as already mentioned, migraine patients are much more likely to appreciate quality polarized lenses than to avoid them. Secondly, because quality sunglasses (such as these) tend to be expensive, cheap versions are often purchased which may have distortions in the lenses – and this certainly could lead to the symptoms mentioned above.
Also, any new lenses, especially (but not exclusively) prescription sunglasses, do take time to get used to. At first, any new lenses may cause some unwanted symptoms.
Do these things explain everyone’s complaints of headache or dizziness from polarized lenses? Probably not, which is why it may be something worth studying in a clinical trial.
However, for most migraine patients, quality polarized lenses are probably going to be a benefit, if you give them a little time. In fact, there are polarized lenses especially designed for migraine patients. And lessening migraine symptoms are not the only benefits.
Have you experienced any strange symptoms only when wearing polarized sunglasses? What have you done that has helped? Leave a comment!