You've heard the expression about looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. Well, it turns out real-life floral lenses won't just help give you a sunnier outlook on life -- they can actually help beat migraine pain.
And if they work as well as researchers say they do, who cares if you look like a 1960s rock star while wearing them?
Researchers asked 22 patients -- 11 migraine with aura sufferers, and 11 with no headache problems -- to stare at the high-contrast patterns known to trigger migraines while wearing different types of lenses: clear, gray, and a rose-colored tint technically known as an FL-41 filter.
Migraine patients actually reported improvements with both tints -- but while gray lenses eased the discomfort by an average of 40 percent, the FL-41 tint actually slashed pain levels by up to 70 percent.
MRI images taken during the tests confirmed what the patients reported: Researchers say they saw more normalized brain activity when the migraine patients wore the FL-41 lenses, according to the study in the journal Cephalalgia.
It's not the first time researchers have found that colored lenses can beat migraines. In fact, the theory got some unexpected attention in the sports world earlier this year when Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade wore tinted goggles to help ease his own headaches.
His experiment ended, however, when the NBA nixed the lenses... saying they could give the hoopster an unfair advantage on the court.
Out here in the real world, however, you don't need a ruling from the league to try tinted lenses or any of the other natural drug-free option for fighting migraines.
As I mentioned last year, some patients have gotten relief through the "magic wand" of transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. You can read more about that right here.
But since there's no single cause of migraines, there's no single answer, either -- and you may need to experiment a little to find one that works for you.
I took a look at some of the best natural options last year, including the common nutritional supplements that have helped ease pain in headache sufferers around the world.
Put on your own glasses -- no matter what color the lenses are -– and read all about that for free, right here.