Disclosure: Phonetic Eyewear sent me a pair of glasses in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own
Show of hands: Who sits in front of a phone, tablet, computer screen, or TV most of the day and night? Just about everyone’s hands should be in the air right now. We all are aware of the dangers of sitting down more than 8 hours a day: poor posture, reduced movement/exercise…and what I’m currently suffering from: Blogger Body.
Did you think your eyes are fairing any better being glued to so many electronic devices for insane amounts of time? The fact that we are heavily dependent on our electronic devices makes Computer Vision Syndrome AKA, Digital Eye Strain even more prevalent.
Yes, Digital Eye Strain is a real thing #GTS. In short, it’s what happens when your eyes are focused on one thing for long periods of time. Results include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, fatigue, eye strain, dry eyes, irritated eyes, double vision, vertigo/dizziness, polyopia, and difficulty refocusing the eyes.
If you sit in front of a computer all day, it’s suggested that you stand up and walk around every so often (My Apple Watch reminds me to stand if i’ve been sitting for an hour), or get a standing desk to help prevent being stationery for prolonged periods of time – Similarly, if your eyes are focused on a computer screen, smartphone, tablet, or TV watching movies or gaming for prolonged periods of time, there are things you can do like look away from your screen every so often to give your eyes some periodic rest.
You can also look into special eyewear that helps combat Digital Eye Strain. The nice folks at Phonetic Eyewear sent me a pair to “computer glasses” that does just that.
According to a 2015 survey by The Vision Council, 65 percent of American adults reported having symptoms of digital eye strain. What’s causing these symptoms is a high energy visible light or “Blue light” emitting from digital screens that deeply penetrate the eye. Phonetic Eyewear makes glasses with a special Blue light-blocking lens coating that reflects more than 50% of the Blue light with the highest energy content.
Now I can safely say I’m a prime candidate for Phonetic Eyewear’s “computer glasses”. During the day, I’m pretty much parked in front of a computer. When I go home, I watch some TV with the family after dinner but before bed. When the kiddies are tucked away, I’m either back on the computer or playing video games until Lord only know when. I really started to notice Digital Eye Strain after long video game marathons – My eyes were extra dry and super tired.
So when I learned about Phonetic Eyewear (Shout Out to the Blogalicious Conference), I reached out to see if the glasses were in fact “about that life”. First and foremost, you don’t have to wear prescription glasses to take advantage of Phonetic Eyewear. They offer prescription, non-prescription, and reading glasses (and sunglasses). I already wear prescription glasses, so all I had to do was create an account, pick a pair of glasses, and send in my current prescription from my eye-doc.
Before I get into the results, let me just say that Phonetic Eyewear doesn’t push any crappy-old “plastic glasses in the rotating case of your local drug store” product. The frames are actually pretty trendy and can compete with some of the other fashionable online eyewear manufacturers (rhymes with Warby Parker).
The prices equally as competitive too, since everything is done online – Free shipping too! If you’re apprehensive about buying glasses online, I would suggest walking into any local eyewear store and getting your measurements, or calling Phonetic Eyewear to see if they can help.
I normally get black or brown frames, but this time I spiced it up and selected the “Turin Amethyst Blue Tortoise” Italian Collection frames. After sending in my prescription and Pupillary Distance, my glasses cam in about one week.
The frames are high-quality and I must say that I look pretty good, but the real test case came during several of my late-night/all-night “TitanFall” gaming sessions (Look me up – Xbox gamertag: BrothaTech). Real talk, my eyes did not suffer from the same eye fatigue when wearing my other glasses. The Phonetic Eyewear joints really work.
The only difference between my current prescription glasses and my Phonetic Eyewear glasses is at night when I’m driving, I can see a faint blue reflection of oncoming car headlights in my glasses. Again, the reflection is barely visible and nowhere near distracting, but it is something that’s not visible in my current glasses.
All that to say, this is not your average “blogger talking nice about a brand after getting free stuff” type of blog post. After trying out Phonetic Eyewear, it will be my go-to spot for eyewear going forward, and I really want you to consider picking up a pair if you always have some sort of digital screen all up in your face day and night and especially if you already can’t see and need prescription glasses.
So as special gift, enter the code “BROTHA10” at checkout, to get en extra 10% off your order and be sure to let me know what you think!