Dr. Max Gomez: Migraines And Light

Dr. Max Gomez: Migraines And Light

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SURPRISING NEWS ABOUT BRIGHT LIGHTS FOR MIGRAINE SUFFERERS. THEY CAN MAKE THEM WORSE. BUT AS CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ IS HERE TO SHOW YOU NOT ALL LIGHT IS CREATED EQUAL. DOCTOR. Reporter: YEAH. THAT’S RIGHT, MAURICE. THEY USUALLY KNOW WHAT THE RIGGERS ARE, WINE, CERTAIN CHEESES, CHANGES IN THE WEATHER. AND BRIGHT LIGHTS ARE PRETTY COMMON BOTH AS TRIGGERS AND THINGS THAT MAKE MIGRAINES WORSE. TURNS OUT THAT SOME WAVELENGTHS OF BRIGHT LIGHT ACTUALLY SOOTHE THE HEADACHE. 42-YEAR-OLD NAOMI PAISLEY HAS HAD MIGRAINES SINCE SHE WAS A TEENAGER. IT STARTS RIGHT IN HERE FOR ME. USUALLY IN THIS AREA. Reporter: LIKE MORE THAN 80% OF MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, BRIGHT LIGHTS MAKE THEM WORSE. I CLOSE THE DRAPES IN MY HOUSE. I DON’T GO TO STORES WHERE I KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE BRIGHT. Reporter: BUT IS ALL LIGHT TO BLAME? RESEARCHERS AT BEDROOM DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER RE– AT BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER RECRUITED PATIENTS AND FOUND BLUE AND RED LIGHT MADE IT WORSE BUT GREEN LIGHT REDUCED THEM BY 20%. WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS THAT GREEN LIGHT IS CALMING. IT’S COMFORTABLE. IT’S RELAXING. THE OTHER COLORS WERE — WERE MAKING THEM ANXIOUS AND ANGRY. Reporter: RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED BLUE AND RED LIGHTS GENERATED THE LARGEST SIGNALS IN THE EYE AND BRAIN. GREEN LIGHT GENERATED THE SMALLEST. GREEN WAS LIKE A BIG BREATH, A SIGH. Reporter: THE TEAM IS DEVELOPING A SPECIAL LIGHT BULB AND SUNGLASSES THAT CAN FILTER OUT ALL COLORS EXCEPT FOR GREEN TO HELP PATIENTS LIKE NAOMI. NOW, IT’S NOT THAT GREEN LIGHT WILL CURE YOU OF YOUR MIGRAINES. BUT IF BRIGHT LIGHT IS A TRIGGER OR AN AGGRAVATER OF YOUR HEADACHES, THE GREEN LIGHT GLASSES COULD PREVENT A HEADACHE IF YOU KNOW YOU’RE

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