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Sweater: J.Crew | Camo Jacket: LOFT | Striped T-Shirt: Old Navy | Denim: Red Dress Boutique | Booties: Steve Madden | Glasses: Coastal c/o | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Watch: Kate Spade c/o | Bangles: Kendra Scott c/o
Many of you heard me chat on my Instagram Stories about how excited I was to try out these blue reflect glasses from Coastal. For years now, I would get headaches after a long day hunched over my computer and cell phone. Initially, I thought it was my posture causing the pain. But the more I read about it, the more I realized that the headaches were the product of HEV. This high-energy visible (HEV) artificial blue light emitted by digital device and fluorescent lighting is known today to have a negative impact on the retinal cells and can cause headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and eyestrain.
This blue light can also impede your body’s natural production of melatonin, making it more difficult to get to sleep at night; hence why iPhones now have the option to change the light to yellow when you’re getting ready for bed.
I loved the styles Coastal offered, so I took the plunge and ordered this pair (in the color Havana) to test out my theory. I wanted to wear them for a couple weeks to make sure I could give you an honest and comprehensive review. Well, the verdict is in! They really do help with headaches and eye strain. So much so that I was able to cut out my habit of popping a couple Advil at 4p.m. every day.
How do they work?
Coastal, in particular, offers KODAK BlueReflect™ Lenses. These lenses use a special coating to reflect a portion of the blue light emitted by digital devices and artificial light. This coating also incorporates scratch resistant and anti-glare benefits, giving you clearer vision while using digital devices.
I do have a couple of cons, though. First of all, as a fashion blogger, much of my day is spent editing photos. Since these glasses reflect blue light, they do distort the color of my images, causing them to be more yellow. So, unfortunately, I have to remove them for photo editing. Secondly, and significantly less important, you can see the blue light reflecting off of the glasses whenever you look at a light source (phone, computer, tv, window, sun, etc.), so if you plan to wear these glasses as a fashion statement, keep in mind that everyone will see your glasses reflecting blue quite often. You can see this in a few of my photos below. Yes, this is a vanity complaint and your eye health is much more important, but I did think it was worth noting.
So would I recommend these glasses?
Heck yes! My husband will kill me for mentioning this, but he is a gamer who experiences digital eye strain. He commonly complains about redness and soreness in his eyes after an X-Box binge. I encouraged him to try the blue reflect glasses and after one night on, he ordered a pair himself! So if you are sick of popping ibuprofen after a day on the computer, I would highly recommend you give them a try.
Why not just change the color temperature of your monitor to shift away from blue?
Thanks for the positive review, I just ordered a pair of blue lenses, and hope they work as well for me as they seem to for you.
Although, perhaps eating fewer donuts might be a simpler solution ;).