Sooo… Why Purple Sunglasses?

By Molly O’Brien, Association of Migraine Disorders

Shades for Migraine (SFM) wants to bring visibility to migraine disease. We want to help raise awareness about how migraine can impact people in so many different ways. 

You might be aware of other health campaigns that use ribbons as a symbol of awareness. SFM utilizes purple sunglasses as a symbol of migraine disease. We chose purple sunglasses for a couple of reasons. 

Sunglasses are a visual representation of migraine 

Migraine is often referred to as an invisible disease. During a migraine attack, you typically can’t see what a person is experiencing. Shades for Migraine wants to make migraine visible.

Sunglasses are a perfect symbol because for many people light can be a trigger for a migraine attack. Light sensitivity is also a common symptom of migraine. Many people with migraine wear sunglasses to help reduce sensitivity or pain.

If you see someone wearing sunglasses indoors or on a cloudy day, it may be an indicator that they are experiencing a migraine attack. 

“Shades for Migraine creates a community and helps break stigma by using shades to help support the fact that there are ways to make this invisible disease more visible,” said Dr. Franchesca Fiorito, board-certified Neurologist and Headache Medicine Physician.

Purple for a reason

Shades for Migraine loves purple, but picking purple sunglasses wasn’t a fashion choice. 

Purple is the recognized color of Migraine and Headache awareness. Shades for Migraine kicks into high gear during June, which is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.

What people are saying about the purple shades

“Chronic migraine left me feeling isolated and alone,” said Nicole Safran. “Shades for Migraine helped me branch out and share with others that they are not alone with migraine. Wearing those purple sunglasses filled me with pride knowing I can help make a difference in people’s lives just by sparking a conversation.” 

When we talk about migraine, we empower others to share their experience. Shades for Migraine knows there is true value in sparking conversations about migraine. 

Purple sunglasses can help get the conversation started about migraine, and when people open up about their migraine experience, others can feel less alone in their journey. 

 1 in 7 people live with migraine disease. That means nearly everyone knows someone living with migraine. Please join us in raising awareness and showing your support! Participation is easy, post a photo wearing sunglasses to social media on June 21st with #ShadesForMigraine.

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