Instagram obsessed? Binge-watching Netflix? Work on a computer? Go into the sun? If you said yes to any of these questions (we’re guessing this covers about 99.99% of you), then you’re exposing your eyes to blue light. zFORT™ blue light block technology recently launched at Vision Direct. We’re here to give you the lowdown on why you need blue light filtering glasses in the first place, the tech behind zFORT™ blue light blockers, plus our top style picks for blue light blocking glasses. Read on to find out more!
What is blue light?
Blue light a high energy visible light that comes from the sun as well as digital devices. Sunlight is made up of red, orange, yellow, green and blue light rays with different levels of energy and wavelengths. Blue light rays have short wavelengths between 380nm and 500nm with high energy levels. Studies have found that when blue light rays reach a wavelength of between 415-455nm, they could be extremely harmful to eye health as they penetrate through to the retina.
What are the benefits of blue light and the negatives?
Like anything in life, there’s positives and dangers associated with blue light exposure.
You need some blue light exposure for potentially:
- Boosting your memory and mood
- Regulating your circadian rhythm (read your sleep cycle!)
- Maintaining healthy development of the eyes in children
However, regular and frequent exposure to blue light, especially from artificial sources, could potentially pose health risks including:
- Exposure at night time could cause difficulty sleeping and tiredness
- It could increase headaches
- It could increase digital eye strain
- Maybe even cause damage to the retina leading to age-related macular degeneration
What’s zFORT™ ?
zFORT™ is blue light blocking technology. Basically, it helps to block a portion of blue light wavelengths between 380 and 500nm from reaching your eye and potentially causing detrimental damage.
The blocker helps to scatter the wavelengths away from eyes, acting like a shield of protection. If you’re living in the 21st century, then you’re going to want to check them out since we rely on blue light emitting technology for pretty much everything these days.
Why do you need blue light blocking glasses?
Every time you’re on a digital device, you’re increasing your exposure to blue light. You’re already exposed naturally to blue light from the sun, so we need to take measures to limit the potentially negative health effects from our phones, laptops and gaming devices.
The main reasons we’re buying zFORT™ (and think you should too):
- Potentially less glare when working/gaming/looking at your computer screen
- Help to reduce eye strain
- Help to improve sleep
- Potentially reduce headaches
Besides the health benefits, zFORT™ has a super accessible price point and can be added on as a lens tint to any of the Vision Direct prescription or non-prescription glasses during checkout. Different to those sometimes unfashionable-looking computer glasses, you don’t have to worry about a yellow tint on the lenses either!
Our top picks for blue light blocking glasses:
We regularly rave on about blue light blocking glasses because we think they’re a basic health necessity in our modern-day lives. You can read about our top picks for blue light filtering glasses that come with their own protection (no zFORT™ necessary) here OR take a look at our top 5 favourite glasses right now that can have zFORT™ added during checkout here:
1.) Oakley Tenon
These new Oakley glasses for men feature midnight blue frames and pilot shaped lenses. Suitable for prescription and non-prescription wearers, you’ll stand out in the office (or your next Zoom call if you’re working from home!) for all the right reasons in a pair of these. Just add zFORT™ to the lenses during checkout.
Unisex with quirky matte gold pilot shaped frames, we’re obsessed with the latest glasses from Fendi. Slip a pair of these aviator style specs with zFORT™ blue block protection on during your next Instagram scroll for the most stylish protection yet!
These are THE glasses to pick if you’re new to wearing them! Suitable for both prescription and non-prescription wearers, these Ray-Ban specs have transparent frames and look just as cool on when working on your laptop as they do when you’re on the couch playing video games.
4.) Dolce and Gabbana DG3325
Elegant and sophisticated cat-eyed shape glasses in a grey-brown shade. With gold-armed frames to complete the luxurious specs, these are made for days when only Italian designers will do! Make them even better with zFORT™ blue light protection.
Quirky and ultra-affordable, these specs are ideal if you’re just discovering the world of computer glasses. Red hexagonal lenses with gold accents, you’ll look better than ever on your next Netflix binge.
Find out more about blue light protection and zFORT™ technology here.