How do TheraSpecs work?
Clinical research has shown that the eyes and brain do not react to all wavelengths of light in the same way. Some wavelengths—found in everything from sunlight to incandescents—are more likely to activate the nerves in the eye and brain, causing pain and eyestrain in sensitive individuals. Furthermore, fluorescent lights pulse very rapidly, even when working properly. That rate is too fast to see consciously. However, the brain can still pick up that pulsing as rapid signals from the nerves of the eye. Some repeating patterns, such as visibly flickering lights or even stripes of certain widths, can trigger headaches, eyestrain, migraines, and exhaustion. The pulsing is most intense at certain wavelengths.
The tinting we use in each and every pair of TheraSpecs filters these problematic wavelengths of light, reducing such problems as headaches, eyestrain, migraines, photophobia, and exhaustion.
How long does it take for TheraSpecs to help?
For painful sensitivity to light (photophobia) and symptoms caused by fluorescent lights or computer screens, TheraSpecs can provide relief immediately. Some customers report continued improvement with extended wear.
Migraine prevention, on the other hand, is a little trickier to determine. Ultimately, how TheraSpecs help depends on how often you get migraines and what (if anything) is triggering them. One particular study showed that migraine frequency declined immediately and then continued to decline over the course of the five-month trial. For migraine prevention, we recommend you wear your TheraSpecs for at least a month before deciding how much they help.
When should I wear TheraSpecs? How much should I wear them?
Wear your TheraSpecs whenever light is bothering you or you are near fluorescent lights. They can also help whenever your eyes are "busy," such as watching TV, using a computer, or reading.
What scientific research supports TheraSpecs?
We’re on a mission to truly help people, so we’ve rooted our efforts in science. Visit the Backed by Research section of the Details page to find articles that delve into the effects of lighting as well as independent studies that have verified the benefits of the tint we use in every pair of TheraSpecs.
Are TheraSpecs comfortable?
We think so, and customer feedback agrees. We tried to make sure they were as lightweight as we could make them, and their flexible arms mean they don't squeeze and irritate the head. Only you can know for sure, though. If you don't think your pair is comfortable, you can always exchange them or return them for a refund. Also, if you have a pair of frames you love and know are comfortable, we can put TheraSpecs lenses into them. Contact us for details.
Will TheraSpecs help me?
If you feel ill or get eyestrain near fluorescent lights, have a condition that leads to painful sensitivity to light (photophobia), or have migraine attacks, then we think TheraSpecs can help, and customer feedback agrees. That said, every brain is different so we will give you a full refund if they don't help.
What are the differences between indoor and outdoor TheraSpecs lenses?
Our indoor lenses are tinted much more lightly than sunglasses. Unlike sunglasses, they do not risk increasing your light sensitivity when worn indoors. In addition, other people can still see your eyes while you are wearing them. They are designed to be worn near artificial light and while working on a computer.
Our outdoor lenses are much darker, like dark sunglasses, and are polarized to block the reflected glare off cars, roads, water, and other flat surfaces outside. They are designed to be worn in bright sunlight and provide more relief than other high-quality sunglasses by focusing on the light that causes the most pain.
Will TheraSpecs help with eyestrain from computers and TVs?
Our customers have told us that they do. And this makes sense: the backlight in most LCD monitors and TVs is actually a small fluorescent light! However, there are other reasons that looking at a computer may make you uncomfortable. Talk to your eye doctor about computer eyestrain if you haven't already. Reading glasses or eye drops may help, too. (And for the best of all worlds, we can create TheraSpecs readers or put reader bifocals into our normal TheraSpecs.)
Are TheraSpecs polarized?
Indoor TheraSpecs are not polarized because polarization makes viewing LCD screens difficult or impossible. In addition, polarization further darkens lenses which would make them too dark for wearing indoors. The effect would be like wearing sunglasses indoors, which can lead to chronic dark adaptation. We recommend polarization only on outdoor glasses. Outdoor TheraSpecs are polarized (and much darker) and are fantastic for bright outdoor light.
Are TheraSpecs UV blocking?
Yes, both indoor and outdoor TheraSpecs provide UV protection.
Can I get TheraSpecs with prescription lenses?
Yes, we can create prescription TheraSpecs lenses for frames you provide. We can also create prescription lenses for some of our frame styles depending on the strength and complexity of the prescription. We can work with almost all prescriptions including bi- and tri-focals, progressive lenses, and prisms. We also offer TheraSpecs with reader bifocals inserted. Please contact us for details if you are interested in prescription lenses or readers.
Can I wear TheraSpecs over contact lenses?
Can I wear TheraSpecs over prescription glasses?
We designed our over-prescription frames specifically for this purpose.
Do you have a frame option for kids?
While Classic is chosen for children and young adults most often, the majority of TheraSpecs styles will fit anyone age 9 or older. In addition, you can always send us a frame that you know your child will wear and we'll mount TheraSpecs lenses in it.
Lastly, if you have a child age 7 or younger that may benefit from TheraSpecs, give us a call at 602-456-6896. We may have additional options available for you.
What if I want a different frame style than TheraSpecs offer?
If you want a style we do not offer we can always put our lenses into any frame that you like and send to us! Reach out to our team for details.
Are TheraSpecs covered by insurance?
Often. While we cannot bill insurance companies directly, many of our customers have received reimbursement for their TheraSpecs purchase from their insurer. Every insurance company has different requirements for reimbursement, so we recommend contacting your insurer to learn what they need. Most often they will require an order for TheraSpecs from your doctor and some sort of detailed invoice from us. We are happy to create documentation that matches their requirements. If you have any questions please contact us. Our team would be happy to help you with the details.
Can I pay for TheraSpecs using my HSA or FSA (Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account)?
In most cases, yes. Simply checkout on our web store using your HSA/FSA card for payment. If the transaction does not go through, we recommend contacting your provider/card issuer to learn why it was not authorized. Sometimes they need to pre-approve new vendors. Please contact our support team if you still receive an error or have any other questions.
What is precision tinting? Why is it better or different than other reddish glasses?
“Precision tint" refers to a tint that has specific, known, and predictable light filtering properties. This is different than a typical tint where the specific filtering properties are unknown or vary with each application onto a lens. Using a precision tint with TheraSpecs ensures that each pair filters the correct light. Other glasses may appear to have a similar pinkish or reddish tint but not filter the specific waves of light that trigger or worsen problems like migraines, eyestrain, headaches, and exhaustion.
What color are TheraSpecs lenses?
The tint in TheraSpecs makes the lenses a rusty rose color. This is difficult to photograph well so they sometimes look orange in pictures. Their actual color, though, is more rosy. The polarization and dark tinting makes outdoor TheraSpecs lenses appear reddish brown.
Do TheraSpecs use FL-41?
Yes, both our indoor and outdoor lenses use FL-41. Learn why research shows it is best for tinted migraine glasses.
Is the background story about Kerrie real?
Absolutely. In fact, if you're interested, check out The Daily Headache, where Kerrie blogs about chronic headache and migraine, and the emotional side of chronic illness.
Did a headache specialist really suggest the tint to Kerrie?
Yes. At the time he was a fellow at the headache center at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. He was concerned that Kerrie was making her eyes more sensitive by wearing sunglasses indoors and suggested that we look into getting a pair of glasses with this special tint.
Where can I learn more about migraine relief?
For answers to many frequently asked questions about migraines and available treatment options please visit our Migraine Treatment and Relief FAQ page.
How long will it take to get my TheraSpecs?
We will ship non-custom TheraSpecs on the same or next business day after we receive your order. Delivery time depends on your location and the shipment method you choose. Click here for shipping details.
What is your return policy?
While TheraSpecs help the vast majority of people who wear them, we know every brain is different. That’s why we believe in no-hassle returns. You can return undamaged TheraSpecs within 60 days of purchase for a full, fast, and courteous refund. Learn more at https://www.theraspecs.com/return-policy/.
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