Welcome to Soma Vision Center for Migraines and Headaches
Treatment for Chronic Headaches, Migraines, and Light Sensitivity
Soma Vision Center was founded with the sole purpose of helping people suffering from chronic migraines, headaches and lights sensitivity. While you may have seen an eye doctor before and been told your eyes were not the cause of your headaches, this may not be the case. As the only eyecare clinic in the country solely dedicated to helping people with chronic migraines, headaches, and light sensitivity, we are not just another eye doctor. If you are one of these people suffering, we are here to help.
At Soma Vision Center, we treat the root of the problem for many people suffering from headaches, and migraines. Dr. Jamin is a leader in his field in the treatment of how eye and vision disorders can lead to these conditions. Soma Vision Center brings the best technology available for helping address these underlying issues, in one dedicated space.
How do my eyes contribute to my migraines and headaches?
The majority of sensory information that your brain takes in comes from your eyes. Yet, often medical providers, and even eyecare professionals, do not recommend or know of proven ways to help regulate the information your brain takes in from your eyes. We work in conjunction with your medical providers to help find the cause and best treatment for your headaches.
Sometimes another pill is not the answer to our suffering. The answer is treating the root of the problem. The majority of sensory information your brain takes in comes from your eyes. Additionally, approximately half of your brain involved with vision, and 14 muscles are directly responsible for the control of your eye movements and focusing. Yet little, if anything, is often done to test or correct for eye and vision disorders that contribute to chronic migraines and headaches.
While you may have seen an eye doctor before and been told your eyes were not the cause of your headaches, this may not be the case. This is because there are 3 ways your eyes can be involved with causing headaches. The need for glasses is only one of these 3 ways, but yet, it is often the only thing that is checked during a routine eye examination from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The other two causes are often not assessed fully, or even partially. The three ways your eyes can be involved in headaches and migraines are:
Glasses - Either you need glasses, or your glasses are too strong or too weak. This is often the only thing that is checked during routine eye examination.
Eye Misalignment - A large misalignment causes an eye turn, or "lazy eye". A small eye misalignment can be compensated for by forcing your eyes to work together. This extra work the eye muscles have to do all day to align some peoples eyes can lead to tired eyes, eye pain, headaches, migraines and in some cases, vertigo. Most people with small eye misalignment do not even know they have it as it can not be seen when you are just looking at an individual, and this can often be missed during a routine eye examination.
Over-stimulating light- About 90% of people suffering from chronic migraines have light sensitivity. (Chronic light sensitivity can also be a significant issue for some people after a traumatic brain injury). For many migraine sufferers, light can be the cause of their migraine in the first place. People with migraines and chronic light sensitivity are usually much more sensitive to certain colors or types of light. Determining which hues (color of light) are most triggering, and then using precision tinted lenses or contacts can provide significant relief to many individuals suffering from migraines and light sensitivity.
Soma Vision Center is the first and only practice in the United States to use the Neurolens Measurement Device and Colorimeter in order to help our patients address all eye related causes of chronic migraines and headaches. Whether you have a mild ache at the end of the day, or suffer from frequent, debilitating migraines, we are passionate and dedicated to helping you find the solution.
How do we provide relief?
During your neuro-visual examination, you will be evaluated for eye misalignment that can lead to conditions called binocular dysfunction and trigeminal dysphoria. These binocular vision conditions are often missed during routine eye exams. When appropriate, Dr. Jamin prescribes the Neurolens or glasses with prism for those that would benefit. Those that suffer from chronic migraines or light sensitivity will also be tested to determine if individualized precision tinted lenses may be of benefit.
We know how annoying or even debilitating chronic headaches can be. Dr. Jamin is a leader in his field in the treatment of vision disorders and their relation to migraines and light sensitivity. We were the first practice in the country to have both the Neurolens measurement device, and Colorimeter.
Concussions, and neurological disorders such as migraines, and fibromyalgia are a few of the possible causes. Testing allows us to create individualized precision tinted lenses or contacts which can be life changing for many individuals.
Light sensitivity can be a chronic issue for some after a concussion which can be treated with precision tinted glasses or contact lenses. The eyes are also frequently affected by concussions. Concussions can lead to a condition called binocular vision dysfunction caused by a misalignment of the eyes. This small eye misalignment can cause headaches. However, corrective prism in the lenses of your glasses may provide relief.
Visual Snow Syndrome
Visual snow syndrome is a fairly rare condition in which the person sees what some describe as vision similar to seeing static on a old TV, or like looking through snow. While there is no cure for visual snow, precision tinted lenses glasses or contact lenses can significantly reduce the symptoms of people suffering from this condition. We are one of the few clinics in the country that specifically works with patients with this condition.
1427 Smokey Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715
Monday 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday 9:00AM – 2:00PM