Fibromyalgia is a chronic and often misunderstood medical condition characterized by widespread pain throughout the body, accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive issues referred to as "fibro fog." The exact cause of fibromyalgia remains unclear, making it challenging to diagnose. Symptoms can vary from person to person, and there is no known cure. Instead, treatment focuses on managing symptoms through medications, physical therapy, exercise, and lifestyle adjustments. Living with fibromyalgia can be physically and emotionally challenging, but with proper support and care, many individuals can improve their quality of life and manage their symptoms effectively.
Chronic pain management often relies heavily on opioid medications, but there's a growing need for alternative approaches to reduce the risks associated with opioids. Opioids can be addictive and may lead to more problems than solutions for fibromyalgia patients.
A clinical trial
explored the feasibility of using green-light filtering eyeglasses as a potential non-opioid treatment for fibromyalgia-related chronic pain. The researchers recruited adult fibromyalgia patients and randomly assigned them to one of three groups: clear eyeglasses (control), green-light filtering eyeglasses, or blue-light filtering eyeglasses.
One-third of the green-light filtering eyeglass participants experienced a clinically meaningful reduction (>= 10%) in oral morphine equivalents, compared to 11% in the blue eyeglass group and 8% in the control group.
While this study primarily aimed to assess the feasibility of using green-light filtering eyeglasses, the reduction in opioid use observed in the green-light filtering eyeglass group suggests further investigation. Future large-scale trials could explore the efficacy of green light-based analgesia in mitigating opioid use, managing pain, and addressing anxiety among fibromyalgia patients. Although the reduction in opioid use wasn't statistically significant, it holds clinical significance, as patients reported no increase in pain.
This study lays the groundwork for potential non-pharmacological interventions in chronic pain management, highlighting the feasibility of green-light filtering eyeglasses. Further research could reveal whether green-light filtering eyeglasses have a meaningful impact on pain relief and opioid reduction, offering hope for safer and more effective ways to manage chronic pain, especially in conditions like fibromyalgia.