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Neurolens Prescription Lenses Relieve Headache, Study Finds

Neurolens Prescription Lenses Relieve Headache, Study Finds

March 06, 2024

Neurolens announced the findings of a research study aimed at evaluating the efficacy of its prescription lenses for individuals suffering from headaches. Conducted across 10 optometry practices involving 195 patients, this company-sponsored study utilized the six-item Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) to gauge the adverse effects of headaches on various aspects of life, including social and role functioning, vitality, cognitive performance, psychological distress, and the intensity of headache pain.

Participants in the study, aged between 18 to 60 years and demonstrating good stereoacuity with a HIT score of 56 points or above, were assessed to determine the impact of Neurolens prescription lenses compared to control lenses over a period of approximately 30 days.

The results, as published in the Translational Vision Science & Technology journal, indicate a notable finding: 88% of the participants (170 out of 195) completed the study, with the majority reporting a significant improvement in their HIT scores when using Neurolens over the control lenses. Specifically, the mean difference in improvement was recorded at -1.53 points (with a 95% confidence interval of -2.8 to -0.26; P=0.01), suggesting a positive effect of Neurolens lenses on headache impact.

Interestingly, in a subgroup of participants with a reduced near point of convergence (NPC)—a measure of binocular vision function—the improvement in HIT scores was even more pronounced with Neurolens, although the statistical significance was not reached (mean difference, -1.89 points; 95% confidence interval, -4.27 to 0.47; P=0.11).

Despite these encouraging findings, the researchers concluded that while Neurolens lenses showed a statistically significant reduction in the headache impact on quality of life compared to placebo lenses, the overall magnitude of this improvement was not deemed clinically significant. However, the possibility of a clinically meaningful improvement with Neurolens could not be entirely dismissed based on the results of the current study.

This study sheds light on the potential benefits of Neurolens prescription lenses for individuals experiencing headaches, suggesting a positive impact on their quality of life. While further research is needed to conclusively determine the clinical significance of Neurolens lenses in managing headache symptoms, the initial results are promising and offer hope for those seeking relief from the debilitating effects of headaches.

Connection between Headache and Eye Diseases 

The connection between eye diseases and headaches is a critical area of study in ophthalmology and neurology, highlighting the intricate relationship between visual health and overall neurological wellbeing. Various eye conditions, ranging from refractive errors (such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism) to more severe disorders like glaucoma, can induce headaches due to the strain placed on the visual system. For instance, uncorrected refractive errors often lead to squinting and excessive eye strain in an attempt to focus clearly, resulting in tension headaches.

Similarly, glaucoma increases intraocular pressure, which can cause pain around the eyes and lead to headaches. Furthermore, eye strain from prolonged screen use, known as digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, is a growing concern that can also manifest as headaches. Understanding the link between eye health and headaches is crucial for diagnosing and treating these conditions effectively, ensuring patients receive comprehensive care that addresses both the ocular and systemic aspects of their symptoms.

Reference

https://tvst.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2793325&resultClick=1