A study has explored the potential of how tinted lenses could provide relief to migraine sufferers and reduce the number or severity of attacks.

Researchers at the University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University studied physiological differences between individuals with migraine aura and those without by looking at what lighting people feel most comfortable with when reading.

They found that those susceptible to migraines with aura struggle with everyday lighting and identified the coloured tints that could provide relief.

Arnold Wilkins, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Essex and inventor of the Intuitive Colorimeter, said: ‘We found the sensitivity to everyday light could be reduced by using carefully-chosen coloured tints, and when these were used, people’s reading dramatically improved. They could complete a word search 40% quicker with coloured lenses than without.’