Mount Sinai Human Balance Laboratory

Recommendations for MdDS patients

Below are our recommendations for patients who are sensitive to fluorescent light, bright lights, or TV and computer screens.

The majority of MdDS patients are sensitive to bright lights, busy visual environments, and scrolling on a computer or cell phone screens. Our treatment is designed to reduce your physical motion or sensation of motion. Only a small number of patients become less sensitive immediately after treatment. In the majority of our patients, visual sensitivity normalizes several months after the treatment. The duration of this period is varied from several weeks to a year, depending on the strength or sensitivity, the anxiety level, and other factors. To make the recovery after MdDS treatment most effective, you should avoid strong visual stimuli.  The folloring recommendations have helped some of our patients in the past:

  • Avoid bright sunlight. Wear sunglasses whenever walking outside regardless of weather.
  • Avoid the blue portion of the visual spectrum. According to Dr. Stuart Sinoff (private communication), wearing goggles that cut off the blue portion of the visual spectrum improve conditions for patients with ocular migraines. We recommend that to our patients, and some of them have reported substantial improvements. There are two types of glasses on market that patients tried: FL-41 and low blue lights goggles from www.lowbluelights.com. Both reduce the blue light portion of light spectrum by filtering. The “blue” color is defined as being between 450 nm and 495 nm in wavelength. FL-41 goggles only partially reduce blue light, however, and some patients feel better while wearing them. You can find these goggles online. The glasses from www.lowbluelights.com block all wavelengths below 530 nm. Some of our patients reported improvements when wearing them. Some of our patients with increased sensitivity to lights reported no difference from wearing either of these glasses.
    You can avoid blue light on your computer by using program called F.LUX: https://justgetflux.com/.
  • KODAK Total Blue Lens could be helpful https://youtu.be/yyZCzWv4KnI.

  • Avoid fluorescent lights. Some of our patients are so sensitive, that they are even able to see the flickering of fluorescent lights. You can reduce the brightness of fluorescent lights by wearing sunglasses and baseball cap, to cover your eye from lights coming from above the glasses.
  • Avoid the flickering of TV screens and computer monitors. Increase the refresh rate in your computer’s settings. Check online for support for your product. Install screen-dimming software. If nothing works, see if you can get a flicker-free TV and use it as a monitor. For details see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flicker-freeAnother option is to purchase a short throw projector and project your TV or computer on a room wall.