8/13/07 #9 - Migraines at work - fluorescent lighting?

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    For about 5 years I worked out of a home office and I seemed to have my migraines pretty well under control at that time. (I am a male who is currently 53 years old and I can remember migraines as early as 6 years old.) I have been working at a large company for the last two years and my migraines have gotten progressively worse. I have been keeping a diary to try to help me find any new triggers in my current work environment. I suspect that working under bright fluorescent lights may be a problem for me. Does wearing glasses with colored lenses provide any protection from this? If so, is any one color better than another? Thanks, George.

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    Dear George;

    Although I've seen some anecdotal evidence that tinted glasses may help with fluorescent lighting, glasses don't solve the problem of the flicker reaching your eyes from above the glasses. Some people have talked with their employers and arranged to have the fluorescent lighting removed from their work area. Others have found relief from wearing a visor at work. For those who have told me tinted glasses helped, they have preferred a light grey tint.

    Do you spend much time working at a computer in your new work environment? If so, and the monitor is different from that in your home office, it's also possible that the flicker rate of the monitor is a factor. Whenever possible, LCD flat panel monitors are recommended for Migraineurs as there is no flicker rate.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: August 13, 2007