Lighting, wellness and an employer’s bottom line — what’s the connection? Research has shown certain types of lighting, such as fluorescents and computer screens, can negatively impact health by causing migraines, headaches, eye strain and exhaustion. In fact, migraines alone are the culprit for American employers losing 113 million days of work each year, resulting in an annual loss of more than $13 billion.
Discovering that light could be triggering his wife’s chronic, debilitating migraine headaches, local entrepreneur Hart Shafer developed a pair of glasses with a therapeutic tint to filter out pain-inducing wavelengths. Further positive feedback from friends and family who also experienced relief from lighting-induced headache, eye strain and fatigue led him to launch TheraSpecs. The Phoenix-based company now ships worldwide.