Device for Treatments of Visually Triggered Migraine Headaches and Seizures


Executive Summary


Over 37 million people suffer from migraines in the United States alone. In many cases stressful visual images can trigger migraines and epileptic seizures, and patients who suffer from migraines have a lower threshold for visual discomfort than patients who do not suffer from migraines. MSU researchers are working to combat the issues that migraines present.


Description of Technology


The invention consists of a software application that can determine at what spatial frequency patients find images visually discomforting, and then generate a preventative treatment plan based on that threshold to provide visual therapy for the patient. Exposure of low stress visual patterns up to and just above the threshold of visual discomfort will, over time, increase neuronal network connectivity and increase the patient’s ability to withstand the distress and migraine triggers that stressful images provide.


Key Benefits

  • Personalized preventative treatment that is tailored to patient’s health status
  • Non-invasive treatment for migraine sufferers
  • Low cost of distribution and implementation
  • Portable access to software via tablet and mobile applications



  • Preventative Medical Treatments
  • Migraine Therapy
  • Visually Triggered Epileptic Seizure Treatment
  • Personalized Medicine


Patent Status: 


Patent pending


Licensing Rights Available


Full licensing rights available.


Inventors: Jie Huang, David C. Zhu


Tech ID: TEC2018-0018


Patent Information:


For Information, Contact:

Raymond Devito
Technology Manager
Michigan State University
Jie Huang
David Zhu