Allodynia, Migraine & TheraSpecs' Design

Allodynia, Migraine & TheraSpecs' Design

Written by Kerrie Smyres on 24th Sep 2014

Does it ever feel like your hair hurts when you have a migraine? Do clothes that normally don’t bother you – like waistbands or bra straps – become unbearably uncomfortable? Do you want to scream when someone touches you?

These are all examples of allodynia, a common migraine symptom that causes a normally innocuous sensation to become irritating or painful. Some people with migraine only notice allodynia during a migraine, while others are aware of the symptoms between migraine attacks.

Having experienced allodynia with our own migraine attacks, we design all TheraSpecs styles on the assumption that the person wearing them is probably sensitive to touch. We work hard to make the frames as lightweight as possible, regularly trying out new materials and tweaking the frames to shave off grams of the final weight. (Frustratingly, many people equate lightweight with cheap. I can’t tell you how many prototypes I’ve tried on and told Hart they feel cheap, only to have him sigh and say, “That’s because they’re light.” This is particularly ironic given that it actually costs more to create frames that are so light!)

In addition to designing our frames thoughtfully, we do the same with the lenses, balancing weight with visual clarity and safety. Allodynia is also why we use soft silicone nose pads and flexible hinges on our metal frames.

These measures may seem unnecessary or unimportant to someone who doesn’t know how annoying and even painful allodynia can be. At TheraSpecs, we know what a big deal allodynia is and do our best to provide relief for your eyes and brain without igniting your sensitivity to touch.

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