What are Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses ? As the name itself implies Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses are special ophthalmic lenses that block or filter the high intensity blue light which computer & mobile screens emit. The innovation of this wonder became absolutely necessary when techies started becoming screen addict. These lenses are incorporated into the ophthalmic frames to provide protection against the light wavelength that ranges from 400 to 495 nano-meters. This is a multi purpose lens type. Although these lenses are mainly engineered for computer users only but they can be used for other general activities also like playing outdoors, driving etc. This is also a preferred lens type for photo editing professionals and those who have to see the true color of the screen. They are also known as Clear Lenses or Blue Block Lenses but the function is same.
How do they work? Multiple studies have concluded that artificial blue light works like a toxic for the eyes. Ophthalmic industry keeps upgrading the products. Earlier the opticians used to provide simple anti glare glasses to computer users that would do no help to a computer users but now we have something even much better. Some people think it is the coating that does it but the magic of blocking the blue light is within the material called CR. Like we explained above that Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses block the screens rays. Not only they block the rays but also provide slightly improved visual clarity by reducing the dazzling glare of the screen as they also have an anti reflective coating on the surface. Since they have glare reduction quality, this enables maximum visible light to pass through the lenses. More light transmission simply means better visibility.
What are its features ? There are various brands of Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses in the ophthalmic market. However only few of them provide a comprehensive solution. Below are some key qualities that an ideal pair of computer glasses must posses:-
✓ Anti Glare Coating – to provide slightly improved optic clarity
✓ Anti Blue Light Coating – to provide defense against blue light
✓ Hydrophobic Coating – to resist water marks on the lens surface
✓ Anti Electromagnetic Coating – to block electromagnetic radiations
An important article that busts all myths about Anti glare glasses How can you identify these lenses? There are certain signs that your lenses are genuine Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses. First of all they will be non colored and the view will be crystal clear. There will also be a shiny layer on front & back surface of the lenses and that shiny layer will appear either green/ blue or yellow when you tilt the lenses. We can not call these lenses are colored ones because it is just a mild reflection of the said colors. One of the most popular methods to test these lenses is to use a blue light torch and throw its beam through the lenses. If the beam surpasses then it is not a genuine pair. A real pair would mitigate the intensity of the blue light. However this method is applicable only for non colored lenses. Some lenses require a proper professional lab testing to understand about its efficacy. As a rule of thumb it is best to Buy Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses from a reputed brand only. For ex: Zebriana https://zebriana.in/shop
What do you experience ? Now this is important. As you are intended to order the glasses with Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses you must be curious to know what it feels like when you wear those lenses. In terms of the feel, there may be no difference but the view will be slightly improved. Technically the lenses will certainly provide protection against the rays of electronic screens. A cool thing that people around you will notice is the beauty of the lens appearance. They are not like any ordinary non anti glare lenses. In fact your specs will also not reflect back the flash of the camera in a photo-studio and the picture will appear much decent. If you are you night driver then this could be a good choice as these lenses do not lose much light when there is already scarcity of light at night.
Anti Reflective vs Anti Glare vs Blue Cut Lenses, which is the best choice? Anti Glare Lenses and Anti Reflective lenses are synonymous. If you have to pick one among the two lens types then without any second thought, Blue cut lenses should be your choice. The reason is that Blue Cut Lenses already have an anti glare coating on the lens surface and this helps reduce the dazzling glare of strong light source to some extent. A pair of eyeglasses equipped with simple anti glare lenses should be considered as an outdated product. Most of the ophthalmic lens manufacturing companies have stopped producing simple anti glare lenses as the consumer base is more inclined towards the latest blue cut technology lenses and is a good choice for an average computer user.
What do blue cut lenses have to do with sleep ?
Science says that not all light is equal. Blue light is important for mental alertness. This short wavelength light tells your brain that you do not have to sleep and keeps you awake in day time. In fact in combat submarines that take care of a country’s security, blue light bulbs are used to keep the soldiers awake when they are underwater and in no light conditions. Problem arises when you stare at the screen from close proximity. It causes discomfort and eyes find it difficult to tolerate such light. At night time, the mobile & laptop screen keeps you awake. Some people admit that they can’t understand why they find it difficult to sleep after using mobile & laptop. In scientific terms, your brain stops producing the melatonin sleep hormone which is responsible to make you fall asleep. Blue cut lenses block such high intensity blue light and helps regulating the circadian rhythm also known as sleep-wake cycle.
What about the blue cut lenses price & cost? Generally the blue cut lens (excluding frame) price falls anywhere between INR 1500 to 2500 but at Zebriana®, you may order the frames equipped with Blue cut anti glare lenses for computer use priced at around INR 2325/- (with frame). This price depends on factors like lens material & lens coating etc. When you buy a pair of these lenses, you actually pay for a strong lens (not necessarily hard) material that won’t break easily and certain optical lens coatings such as Hydrophobic Coating, AR Coating, Anti UV Coating and of course Anti Blue Light Coating. Zebriana® branded computer glasses equipped with blue cut lenses would ensure that you have all those coatings in your lenses and stay there for a longer period of time. As a word of caution, don’t fall in the trap of cheap products. There are sellers in the market who offer glasses with low quality lenses at unrealistically low prices. We have observed that coating of such glasses get peeled off within few days. Moreover, a sudden breakage of lenses while you are wearing the eyeglasses may cause serious injury to the eyes. Hence for your eye safety it is better not to wear the glasses at all rather than wearing a cheap product that does not meet any ophthalmic standard. The best way is to buy those Blue Cut Lenses from an established brand.
A more sophisticated lens type than a simple Blue Cut Anti Glare Lenses
Nobody likes to keep the old mobile phone in the pocket when the technology shifts to the latest trajectory. Similarly, the ophthalmic industry has also evolved from a thick fragile glass material to thin protective lenses with durable resin material. Although Blue cut anti glare lenses also provide a significant protection against the strong rays of monitor but the trend is shifting towards a new lens type which has become a darling of IT industry. This new lens type is known as Amber Lens. As per the collection of various reviews and feedback of eyeglasses wearers, people actually feel the difference almost instantly. The cooling effect that amber lenses provide is outstanding. So whether you are a regular computer user who does normal internet surfing or data research or you are a software programmer, amber lens type could be your love. The wonder of this wonderful thing is that they don’t have any outer lens coating as most of the features are within the lens material itself.