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A pair of glasses could help stop migraines

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Thirty-one million Americans suffer from migraines. The pain can be so debilitating that it stops them in their tracks.  Now, a doctor has developed a pair of glasses that he says could be the answer for some patients. Dr. Brad Katz, is a neuroophthalmologist at the University of Outah.  He invented the coated lenses.

Dr. Katz says since 80 to 90 percent of migraine patients have light sensitivity.  The glasses block wavelengths of light that can trigger the headaches. He worked with a university photonics researcher to design the frames.  "This particular frame we've chosen has a more form-fitting frame, so that it prevents any ambient light from coming in around the sides," says Dr. Katz. 

Only a few patients have tried the glasses, and say they have fewer headaches.  Formal clinical trials begin next month.  Meanwhile, Dr. Katz has already launched axon optics to develop and market the non-prescription glasses, which could be ready for patients next year.

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