Who Are Lucia Eyes?
Lucia Eyes is a blue blocking glasses company based in Texas. The company was started by a father/daughter team after realizing the health hazards of blue light and how it had been affecting their own family. Not only do they offer frames for every style with several blue blocking options, the lenses are made with the tint directly in them instead of a top coating. This means that even if the glasses get scratched, they do not lose their effectiveness. Knowing the importance of your light environment on overall health, Lucia Eyes' mission is to make blue blocking glasses accessible to every child in America.
What They Offer:
They offer three blue blocking lenses that fit any of their frames. These blue blocking options are: 45% blue blocking, 60% blue blocking and 100% blue blocking. These percentages stand for the amount of blue light the glasses block from entering your eyes. For example, a 45% lens means those glasses block 45% of the blue light spectrum, allowing 55% to pass through the glasses. We recommend 60% blue blocking for effective daytime blocking (especially if you are on technology all day) and 100% blue blocking for any time after the sun sets.
What Makes Lucia Eyes Different?
There is a growing awareness around blue light and more people are investing in blue light blocking glasses. But, not all blue light glasses are created equal and as they say, "you get what you pay for."
Many of the less expensive options available through Amazon or other retailers block very little of the blue spectrum (if any at all) and their products typically don't stand up to testing.
Lucia Eyes differs in blue light blocking capability.
Their lenses continually stand up to spectral testing and they are made with the tint directly in them instead of a top coating. This means that even if the glasses get scratched, they do not lose their effectiveness. Additionally, the frames are made from quality materials and designed to last. If you are looking to invest in your long-term health, a quality pair of blue blockers is worthwhile they are a worthwhile investment in long-term health.
How Artificial Blue Light Impacts Our Health
The human body runs on a circadian clock, which uses the light environment to tell time and stimulate biologic functions. At one time, exposure to light came only from the sun and circadian alignment was a natural part of life.
But today, another factor is at play - artificial light - and the consequences for our health are significant. Artificial light sources do not resemble the sun’s frequency, containing higher levels of blue and green without the natural balance of red and infrared.
Every time we look at a screen, turn on an LED, or even open our refrigerator, we are getting bathed in this artificial blue light.
Our bodies are unable to tell the difference between artificial and natural light and our circadian mechanism is easily disrupted. "Given the prevalence of artificial light and technology in our lives, most live in a state of chronic circadian disruption. This affects every cell in our body and manifest as metabolic disorders (4, 5, 6, 7), cancer (8), heart disease (9), poor sleep quality (10, 11), hormonal imbalance (11), lack of energy (12), cognitive dysfunction (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18), obesity (19), mitochondrial dysfunction (20)" and much more. To further understand what blue light is, what constitutes as artificial light, and ways to mitigate it, head over to our entire Ultimate Guide To Blue Blockers here.
Although humans are just beginning to scratch the surface of blue light and the effect it has on our biology, we do have a viable, inexpensive solution for mitigating the harmful effect: blue light blocking glasses.
Never worn glasses before?
That's ok, most of us didn't either before investing in a pair of blue blockers. We learned the hard way that is it best to know your frame size and style you like before you order (it saves a lot of time and frustration!). This is exactly why we now carry Lucia Eye frames for patients to try on before purchasing their own pair directly from Lucia Eyes.
- Stop by our office during store hours to try on different frames from Lucia Eyes to see which style suits you best. The name of each frame is on the tag located on the side of the glasses. We carry only a selection of frames so if you don't fit one at our office that you love, make sure to visit Lucia Eyes website to check out all their frame options!
- Next, test out the different lens tints. The night time ones (red lenses) will make things look strange in the daytime but they are so beneficial to wear at night to increase melatonin production. We recommend 60% block for day and 100% block for night.
- After you try on a pair, place them in the bin located next to the display for our staff to clean.
- Once you have found your frames, take a picture of them (and the name of the frame) and go to Lucia Eyes to place your order. Don't forget to use the code AVENA20%OFF to get 20% off your entire purchase.
- 60% blue block is only available in non-prescription.
- 45% blue block and 100% blue block are available in reader and prescription options.
Learn more Lucia Eyes and all of their blue blocking options over at their website: luciaeyes.com. Remember, we only have some of their frame options so make sure to explore every option on their website!
Learn more about the nitty gritty science behind how blue light effect the human body on this Finding Genius Podcast with Jack Kruse and Lucia Eye's CEO, Dan Huber. Listen to the entire podcast here!