When I’m not working from home, I spend my time writing, reading my Kobo, and playing my favorite video games. All my favorite hobbies require screens, and with screens comes the dreaded blue light that can interrupt sleep.
Then I heard about Lens DIRECTV’s Blu Defend, a pair of blue light-blocking glasses that can come with prescription lenses. As a clerk, my eyes go through a relentless day of screen time, so I decided to give it a try. I wore them for a week and noticed the design and performance. Read my thoughts and judge.
Body structure: large and visible
The eye is more than just choosing and appreciating a frame. You need to consider the bridge of the nose, the arm, also called the temple, the length and width of the frame. If you have a small nose, getting some huge frames means constantly adjusting them to stay on your face. Not fun, in my book.
When choosing my Madison frame, I took these numbers into account and chose a frame size that is comparable to my current frame. They make it easier to check the dimensions by specifying the dimensions of the frame. One of my biggest problems with Lens Direct’s frame design is that the frames they offer are not suitable for people with very small nose bridges or a low bridge. When I selected my Madison frame, I used the virtual trial feature that allowed me to “test ride” the frames I was interested in.
Lenses: effective and without a prescription
When I received my Madison frames, the lenses felt a little heavy, despite the thinner, high-index lenses that came with them. I can’t blame Lens Direct for that, especially since my prescription is so high that if it weren’t for high index lenses, my glasses would probably double as free weights. Lens Direct offers polycarbonate and two high-index options, so it’s very easy to adjust your prescription for a lightweight fit, whatever the prescription.
Over the course of two days, my eyes were used to the lenses and my eyes seemed to have no problems. I ordered them because of the Bluefin blue light blocking technology, and to my surprise, the prescription lenses reminded me of the $20 over-the-counter frames I bought on Amazon. The lenses had an anti-reflective coating, but there was no noticeable color difference.
Fit: not good at first
If the lenses looked good, the fit was anything but great. When I first used Madison frames, the arms at the temples were too wide. Every time I turned my head or smiled, my cheeks pushed up the frames and slid down my face. I kept having to adjust them. I had to go to my regular eye clinic later that day to get them fitted.
Lens Direct Bluefin vs Gunnar Intercept
Finding stylish blue light glasses can be a real struggle, but the Gunnar Intercept frames do the trick just like the Lens Direct Bluefin. They are both stylish and affordable, with Intercept frames costing only about $60. Both also prevent blue light from straining your eyes.
However, if you look at these goals, you will notice that they are really different. Unlike Lens Direct, Gunnar Intercept does not offer magnifying or prescription lenses. In addition, my Madison frames are transparent, so I can wear them all day long, both in my home office and when I go shopping in the store, for example. The Intercept frames also have a distinctive yellow hue, which may not be appealing if you don’t want your blue-blocking glasses to stand out that much.
If you’re price conscious and don’t need a prescription, you can probably go for Intercept frames. However, if you want blue light to block your strength, you can’t go wrong with Lens Direct frames.
Good comfort and functionality.
Problems aside, Lens Direct Blu Light Madison frames are a great way to keep your eyes comfortable. The best by far is the ability to incorporate high index prescription lenses into the g