I shared recently on Instagram that I am now a prescription eyeglass wearer, and it’s become a fun and stylish part of my fashion routine! As a child, and perhaps a perpetual nerd, I always wanted glasses, but my vision didn’t require them.
But, last year, I started to think that maybe it was time for me to get my eyes checked since I am prone to migraines on the weekly. As I mentioned in that same Instagram post, my migraines have gotten progressively worse as I age, and while I do what I can to alleviate triggers that cause a migraine, one thing I noticed was my eyes hurting more due to light sensitivity and strain. Anyone who suffers from migraines knows how debilitating they can be, and being prone to chronic migraines has affected my life in the sense of not being able to physically carry out simple tasks at times due to the pain associated with it. Every migraine sufferer is different – and I sympathize with anyone who has to endure them as I know firsthand how much they consume your life when they take over.
And if you haven’t had a migraine ever, I will say it’s not a headache, and please don’t belittle people who get migraines by saying it’s just a headache. It’s beyond a headache. Some people see spots with impair their vision (also known as auras), become nauseous, are sensitive to light, smell and sound, and in my case, my arms sometimes go numb and my speech is impaired (slurring). Not all migraines for me are severe, but the frequency of getting them really becomes an added stress, and not knowing when you’ll get another one is enough to trigger the start of a new one. I would never even want anyone to know what it felt like as it’s just so terrible.
My suspicion that I needed glasses was triggered by night driving, where lights looked like stars. Also, I sit on a computer for 9 hours a day, in fluorescent light, which also caused my eyes to feel tired, and for my migraines to be more frequent. Medication helps, but I figured I might as well look into whether wearing glasses would help with my migraines.
Enough was enough, and I finally had my eyes checked. To be told by the ophthalmologist at my local Lens Crafters that I was straining my eyes, when I didn’t even know it, which could contribute to my migraines, made sense, and was a relief to hear. Glasses were recommended to magnify text to reduce eye strain, and the lenses I got also have an anti-glare coating. After trying on glasses, and picking out the perfect pair, I found these stylish Polo Ralph Lauren eyeglasses that suit my style. Geek chic perfection!
After a week of getting used to wearing my prescription glasses, my eyes have adjusted, and I noticed that the frequency of my migraines has reduced. Although my headaches and migraines aren’t completely gone, the glasses have helped so much. Since dealing with the way I manage my migraine pain has become a science, I know some of the triggers for me (to much/to little caffeine, stress, not enough sleep). Each migraine is different, and I deal with it accordingly.
Regardless, I have to admit that I love wearing my new glasses. It’s given me another reason to put together cute outfits, while also taking care of my health.
I would love to hear from others on how they manage migraine pain. Feel free to email me with any questions, or leave a comment!
Cable Knit Sweater – Gap
Floral Print Skater Dress – Forever 21
Kate Spade New York Bag
Fleece Leggings – Primark
Black Leather Ankle Boots – Steve Madden
Polo Ralph Lauren prescription glasses from Lens Crafters
(*This post is not sponsored by or promoted by Lens Crafters. However, my opinion and experience finding glasses there was great, and I would recommend them if you are looking for glasses.)