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One Week Of BLUblox Glasses: Here Are My Thoughts

One Week Of BLUblox Glasses: Here Are My Thoughts

I have bad eyes. Really bad eyes. like when friends try on my prescription glasses their first response is “Jesus Christ!” That kind of bad. In addition to having bad eyes, I also have dry eyes. At least, I thought I did. I’ve long struggled with delaying the time I put my contact lenses in to adjust for the length of time that was going to pass before I could take them out. And spare me talk of drops. I can’t with the constant eyedrops pausing my day eight times, ruining my makeup, and making me look like I’m having an emotional episode of some kind.

While there’s not much I can do about my genetic propensity toward nearsightedness, in recent months (fine, years) I’ve been concerned that the amount of time I spend staring at screens is going to bite me in the ass, or eyes, someday. I recently heard about BLUblox glasses (btw this post is not sponsored, I bought my glasses), and I’ll tell you why I gave them a try.

As I explored the BLUblox website, I was kind of taken aback by how much information there is to consume about the effects of blue light, while also realizing we’re all massively under-informed on the topic. We shove blue light in our faces constantly, and then wonder why our eyes are bothering us or we can’t sleep well as we check our phone screens at 3am. I live in front of a screen. This was an easy decision.

I decided to purchase the clear lenses meant for those of us who bask in the glow of a laptop all day. Up until a few weeks ago, all I knew about blue light blocking glasses was a cheesy BlueBlockers commercial from the 90s. I wasn’t really in the mood to walk around with yellow wrap-arounds like I’m somebody’s T-Ball dad. But these clear lenses designed specifically for us screen-starers seemed like a good move, and BLUblox has mercifully taken a much more stylish approach to things. I don’t know why I care, I work from home and if my cat is judgmental of my appearance every day she’s been keeping quiet about it.

It’s definitely an investment, and I was only able to start with one pair, though I certainly have my eyes (lol) on a second—the Summerglo option with yellow lenses for when I’m out and about throughout the day and evening that can reportedly assist with anxiety and depression. I started with the clear Blulite lenses. Glasses that might protect my eyes from constant screen time was at least worth a test, especially with a return policy as solid as this company’s is. Beyond that, the glasses came extremely highly recommended by a podcast I trust, and while they are pricey-er than other brands available online, honestly, $107 seems like a small price to pay to protect my vision. (This doesn’t seem, at least to me, like a place to pinch pennies.)

It’s been one week since I started wearing my glasses any time I look at my laptop or my phone. Friends, not only are my eyes not dry anymore, they are fresh. Fresh I tell you! For the first time in my entire adult life my eyes feel as fresh in the evening as they did when I first put in my contract lenses that morning. The first day this happened I was excited, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up because I’ve been societally trained to think like Eeyore. One week in and I’m a full-blown optimist and believer in the power of protecting our eyes from screens. Do this kindness for your eyes, do it right now. Again, this is not sponsored, I was not gifted these glasses. I just give a shit about your eyeballs.

In my opinion, start with the Blulite screen protecty glasses, and go from there. I’m really interested to hear other people’s experiences with these, too. We live in a constant state of screen, and we use our eyes to do it—I can’t see any reason not to protect them.

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