Product Review: Axon Optics*

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* I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. *

When I first got the campaign invite for a pair of Axon Optics glasses, I was more than intrigued! I've been suffering migraines for years and so far, I haven't found anything that can relieve them.

For a little while, Tramadol was helping, but then my doctor took me off of it. We traded out the good stuff for some Tylenol Arthritis, and it wasn't nearly as effective. Immediately after, I began getting daily migraines all over again! So, this campaign couldn't have come at a better time! 

Axon Optics
If you haven't heard of Axon Optics before, they are a high tech startup company that specializes in migraine glasses.

The company formed after Dr. Bradley Katz, a neuro-opthamologist, joined a photonics researcher, and an ophthalmic entrepreneur during the Summer of 2010. The team came together to help people with photosensitive migraines while using the latest research from the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center.

Shortly after teaming up, they launched their first line of products in June 2011. Since then, they have continued making improvements to their product's lenses and frames, while research continues to move forward.

According to their website, "We use our profits to support ongoing research and product development. We aren’t satisfied with the treatments currently available for light sensitivity, and you shouldn’t be either. In conjunction with the Moran Eye Center, Tecport Optics, and other neurological clinics, Axon is developing new products to help people with migraine and other light-sensitive conditions. Axon’s mission is to provide people with the best and widest variety of options for treating light sensitivity."

Not only are they dedicated to finding the best treatment options for people suffering from light sensitivity, but as part of Axon’s pursuit of knowledge, they have also started a scholarship contest! The winner will be contacted on December 1st and they will receive $1,000 towards their tuition and books! For more information, you can check it out here.

As soon as Julie from the Chronic Illness Bloggers network sent me the information to order my glasses, I couldn't do it fast enough! I honestly stopped what I was doing and ordered them right then and there! If that doesn't tell you how bad my migraines are and how excited I was for these glasses, than I don't know what will!

In regards to the ordering process, I must say that it was rather easy. Although I placed my order through Amazon, both their Amazon store and their website are easy to navigate. The only difference being, you don't get as many options through Amazon and the shipping fees vary between the two sites.

Speaking of shipping, I have to admit that the company was on top of everything. I placed my order on August 27th and it shipped on August 29th; the package was estimated to arrive between September 1st and September 7th. Surprisingly enough though, my glasses were waiting in my mailbox on August 31st!

I don't think I've ever waited for a package more eagerly than I did this one. When it finally arrived, I couldn't help but rip that box open as quickly as I could! And I'm sure glad that I did!

Honestly, I don't if I've received a package as nicely put together as the one I received from Axon Optics! Normally, when I order glasses, or any product really, I just get a basic box or bubble mailer with my product placed in a case or a plastic bag. That was definitely not the case though!

Opening up my order was like an early Christmas present! Underneath the brown kraft paper, there was a beautiful Axon Optics box. Then in that box, there was a glasses case and it wasn't just any case! This one was nicely manufactured and it wasn't made of plastic unlike all of my other cases! Instead, this one was a hardshell case and it came with a cleaning cloth.

Now, for the actual product, I am a huge fan! Axon Optics offers a ton of custom options. Customers have the choice between glasses or contacts, different frames, different lenses, special add ons, and even prescriptions lenses! Not only that, but you can even send in your own frame too! Here's what I ended up picking:

These are the Jura frames. I went with them because they looked most like my prescription glasses and they are one of the larger pairs and I definitely need the added coverage. When it comes to specifics, I went with the matte black frames with indoor lenses and no added prescription. For me, it just didn't make sense to add one since my prescription changes every 6 months.

In order to accurately review this product, I gave myself more than a month to test my glasses. After doing so, I can honestly say that these glasses work! Or at least they do for me!

As someone that struggles with migraines the way that I do, it has been very difficult to find something that helps soothe them. Plus, it doesn't help that I stare at a computer all day! So, when I say these work, I really mean it.

At first, I was a little scared to try them. I read somewhere that it may take a little while to get used to them. Research showed that some people could only wear them a few hours at a time, while others had no issues wearing them all day long. My original plan was to pace myself and only wear them if I felt a migraine coming on, but I didn't end up following that plan. Over the course of the last month, my Migraines had worsened due to my wisdom teeth pain, so I wore the glasses as often as I could. And with them came excellent results!

I will admit, the tint of the lenses takes a second to get use to. Upon putting them on, everything looks a little red, but eventually my eyes adjusted and everything looked normal again. Of course, I experienced the same transition anytime that I took the glasses off. At that point, everything was tinted blue. Realistically though, this wasn't a problem. The only time it interfered with anything was when I was editing photographs, and it really only took a minute or two for my eyes to adjust back to normal.

The only issue that I found with these glasses was a minor one. The Axon Optics website states, "Axon Optics therapeutic lenses are coated with advanced protective coatings that prevent scratching, smudging, and debris!" Unfortunately, this did not seem to ring true to the pair that I received. Now, I know this is partly due to the fact that I have a five month old puppy, but my lenses did get scratched in a few different places, which is a complete bummer! I've learned to try and keep my valuables away from him, but sometimes that just isn't possible. I mean, he's already managed to get on the kitchen counters and I'm too short to put them any higher than that.

Overall though, I would definitely recommend this product! In the short period of time that I've had these glasses, they've worked wonders! Whether I have a migraine or I feel one coming on, these glasses have helped erase all traces of my symptoms! So, if you struggle with migraines, I highly suggest checking out some of these glasses!

If you want to stay connected with Axon Optics just use the following links:
Website | BlogFacebook | Twitter | YouTube | Pinterest

And guess what?! If you sign up for their email list, they'll send you a coupon for $25 off!

Have you tried one of the Axon Optics products before? I'd love to hear what you thought. Let me know in the comments!

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  1. The glasses look great!!My daughter just got glasses so Im looking around for something nicer than her first pair!