Headaches are awful. Everyone can agree on this one sentiment. Headaches make you less productive and often take the joy out of your days. Sometimes headaches persist for days and sometimes they turn into raging migraines, leaving you feeling weak and irritable. More than 45 million Americans suffer from headaches per year, while eight million have to see a doctor about it.
What causes these headaches? Why do they keep coming back? The truth is a number of factors can induce a headache: lack of sleep, long exposures to bright lights and digital eye strain are just a few causes. Another cause that has recently been brought to light is the desynchronization of your central vision and peripheral vision.
Optometrists Jeff and Joe Krall have discovered that the reason behind a lot of headaches could be due to the eyes. In response to their research, they have developed a special lens, the NeuroLens, to help central and peripheral vision work together.
Central and Peripheral Vision
As optometrists, the Krall brothers have found headaches aren’t always caused by external factors. Sometimes they can be cause by the different types of vision working together. As Jeff put it, “The brain will do anything it has to do to line up the two targets constantly. If they’re not coordinated together, just like if your legs were not coordinated together, it starts creating problems, and the problem manifests itself in all these types of symptoms.”
This is what happens when there’s a discrepancy in how the central vision and peripheral vision work together. When they don’t work together, it can cause strain on the eyes, and in the process cause headaches. This imbalance is not necessarily one that you’d notice. You would need an eye exam to really be able to tell.
Eye and head movement are connected. If something in your peripheral grabs your attention, you will instinctively turn your head in that direction. At this point, you’ll be looking at it with your central vision. You’ll have your head pointed in one direction, but your central vision will be slight off to the side.
When this happens, the brain has to work harder than normal to focus on the object you’re trying to look at. The images being sent to the brain through each eye is different, which then makes combining the visual information together much more difficult. This is when headaches occur.
Your brain isn’t a quitter. If it receives two different images from both eyes, it won’t stop working until it produces one cohesive image. You can only imagine how hard your brain must be working if your eyes are constantly not aligned.
In the past, chronic headaches were often blamed on external factors. They were (and still are) treated with special anti-reflective lenses, prescription eye drops, and some eye doctors recommend chiropractic therapy. However, all these methods treat headaches as an external problem.
This is why the Krall bothers’ discovery is making so many waves in the headache treating community. Finally, we know the true cause for chronic headaches and just how to treat it.
NeuroLens are therapeutic lenses which were developed by the Krall brothers as a way to help realign the eyes and reduce headaches. This new technology will significantly improve the lives of those who suffer from constant headaches. Say goodbye to spending afternoons sitting in the dark and hello to the bright, beautiful sunshine.
This newfound class of headache has been dubbed as eyeGraines because of its origin stemming from the eyes. The Krall brothers didn’t stop there. They continued their research to develop a special lens that could help with aligning the eyes and stopping chronic headaches.
In the early test trials for the NeuroLens, 80 percent of the patients who used the new lens saw a reduction in chronic headaches. Some patients even reported having no headaches at all, eliminating all symptoms. The patients experienced a relief that was a long time coming.
Recognizing the importance of such an amazing invention on their hands, the state of South Dakota officially endorsed the production of these new lenses. A headache clinic (The Headache Center in Sioux Falls) has also been set up. This clinic specializes in the treatment of headaches.
How Are the Lenses Fitted?
When dealing with an issue like misaligned eyes, it’s important that each lens be tailored to each specific individual. To do this, the Krall brothers have designed a machine called the SightSync to assess the level of misalignment between a person’s central and peripheral vision.
How the SightSync works: A patient will be asked to follow a white dot as it darts across the screen, all the while there are images of planets circling the edges of the screen. From here, the optometrist will be able to design a lens specific to this patients personal needs.
As opposed to regular glasses which are focused on correcting the clarity of a person’s vision, NeuroLens will realign the eye. Clearer vision is the main goal, but what good is clear vision if it gives you constant headaches?
It has been reported that the NeuroLens will eliminate headaches and headache symptoms in a matter of days. All it takes is a little patience.
The costs of these lenses are not too much more than regular glasses. Single vision lenses (lenses with the same amount of prisms) can cost up to $650. For progressive lenses (lenses with different amounts of prisms on the top and bottom), it can cost as much as $850.
Though these lenses are mostly available locally in South Dakota, after a few more years of research, this new technology will hopefully be a standard in optometry clinics worldwide. However, like with all new technology, it must be tested to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
If you suffer from chronic headaches and nothing your eye doctor has recommended seems to be helping, you might want to ask about NeuroLens. This new lens could significantly improve your quality of life as well as your vision. Don’t let your headaches get in the way of having a fulfilling life.