Somewhere between becoming a mom and staring at a computer screen for over 10 hours a day, every muscle in my face started to ache. Especially around my eyes. I knew I had to look away from the screen more during my workday, maybe go for a walk (I saw this research on sitting too long!), But no amount of eye cream or Jade roller massages only seemed to ease my aches and pains. What often turned into a headache snapped between my eyes.
So when I heard that Afternoon’s collaboration with Pantone, the authority on color, was now available in the US and that they were offering blue light glasses in many of the brand’s most sought-after hues , I had to try them. The idea is that lenses filter out blue light – which is often given off by all the screens we look at all day (although it also comes from the sun!) – and reducing the amount you are exposed to can combat that. eye strain and blurred vision.
You don’t realize you are wearing these glasses.
On a superficial level, I’ve been sold on their looks: they’re sleek, super lightweight, and offer a pop of color in a tightly edited color range that’s cheerful, not kiddie. With these modern frames, even a shade as bold as Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, looks punchy and fun, without bias. too much on top. Plus, they come with a fabric case that mimics a Pantone color chip to match the glasses you choose.
There are several styles of frames to choose from (even rounded pairs but not too nifty for square face shapes like mine which can be hard to buy!). The biggest surprise I found was the soft coating on the frames. Afternoon describes it as “peach skin”, which is perfect – it’s a bit rubbery and soft, so you don’t end up with bumps on your cheeks or the bridge of your nose after wearing them. a few hours.
But do blue light lenses really work?
As for blue light lenses? Granted, I was skeptical: this is not something that is federally regulated, and although some argue that blue light damages your retinas because it is not naturally filtered by your cornea, the American Academy of Opthalmology disagrees. “There is no clinical sign or clinical evidence that it harms people,” said a clinical spokesperson for the academy. Popular science. At this point, however, I was ready to try jumping on one foot under a full moon while juggling healing crystals if anyone said it would work, so I figured I might as well wear them. during one week.
I have to be honest: my eyes felt better at the end of the day. They weren’t sore or dry, I didn’t have a headache, and I didn’t mind wearing glasses (although I normally don’t wear any at all). Maybe they worked. Maybe it was a placebo. Maybe I was just more aware of how much time I spent staring at a screen, subconsciously taking more breaks throughout the day to look at something other than the warm glow of my laptop – the American Optometric Association recommends to pause for 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes, aka the 20-20-20 rule. Still, the lenses were comfortable, and for being perfectly shallow, I liked the way they looked.
Even if blue light glasses aren’t your thing, the company sells traditional sunglasses and reading glasses in nine Pantone-approved colors, like electric blue and crystal-pink. Each pair will set you back between $ 39.99 and $ 49.99, available at spotcoloreyewear.com.
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