Are different wavelengths of light (colors) more bothersome than others to those with migraine?


Research has found that certain wavelengths of light, or colors, are more bothersome than others to those with migraine. These wavelengths are more likely to trigger or aggravate a migraine attack.


“There's also some very recent interesting work looking at different wavelengths of light to see if different wavelengths bother migraine patients more than other wavelengths. So, if certain wavelengths cause a greater exacerbation of headache, let's say, than other wavelengths ... It seems, at least at this point, that green wavelength light may be the least bothersome, whereas blue and red might be the most bothersome.”


Green light has been found to be the least likely to trigger a migraine attack, whereas blue and red light are known to be the most bothersome.

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Todd Schwedt, MD

Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona

As a Professor of Neurology the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Arizona, Dr. Todd Schwedt has seen thousands of migraine patients and evaluated a large number of scans of our hypersensitive brains. His research using advanced MRI techniques has been widely published. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society, is the Vice Chairman of the Headache and Facial Pain section of the American Academy of Neurology, is a member of the International Headache Society Classification Committee, and is an Associate editor of Headache, Cephalalgia and Pain Medicine journals.