They are one of the leading companies when it comes to providing high quality frames and lenses designed for use after dark.
We’d been hearing a lot about Ra Optics and blue light blocking glasses in general on lots of the health podcasts we listen to, so we were keen to try them out for ourselves.
Product website (click for a 10% discount): www.raoptics.com
The purpose of this review is for us to take a close look at the Ra Optics Ultimate Night glasses from all angles to see if they are worth the premium price tag or not.
We’re going to be paying particularly close attention to the look, the build quality and the effect they had when we wore them at night.
Blue light blocking glasses are becoming more and more popular in the western world as people look to try and reduce the potentially harmful effects of being exposed to artificial blue light late into the night.
So, with the introductions out of the way, let’s start taking a closer look at the Ra Optics brand and their Ultimate Night lenses specifically.
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The Ra Optics brand was set up by Matt Maruca a few years ago after he became frustrated at the lack of stylish blue blocker glasses on the market.
They offer two types of lenses, the Ultimate Night, which this review is focused on, and the Ultimate Day, which is for use during the daytime to minimize the effect of artificial lighting.
The Ultimate Night lenses are dark orange in color and they have been designed for use at night when you’re looking to reduce your exposure to blue light.
You probably already know this, but the science is starting to show that excessive exposure to blue light after dark is probably not good for our health.
Indeed, many consumer electronic products such as the iPhone have begun incorporating things such as ‘Night Shift’ mode to help tone down the blue light emitted from such devices.
Simply put, blue light mimics daylight and signals to the brain that we should be awake and alert. This is fine during the day, but it’s probably not good to be exposed to too much blue light at night.
If you think about it, the only light that humans would have been exposed to after dark for most of history would have been from fire or moonlight.
That’s where blue blocker glasses come in. They have been specifically designed to help reduce the amount of blue light that gets into our eyes after dark by filtering out certain frequencies.
The problem with blue blocker glasses in recent times is that they have not been exactly stylish. Some of them resemble safety goggles which you probably wouldn’t want to wear out and about.
Ra Optics aim to solve this issue by providing a range of glasses that have stylish frames and also effectively block out important frequencies of blue light.
So, now that we’ve covered some of the basics, it’s time to start taking a closer look at Ra Optics and the styles and frames they provide.
At the time of writing, Ra Optics offer nine different frame styles. They are all unisex and the website features photos of the frames being worn by the same two male and female models, so you can get a feel for the size and fit.
We ordered the Popp Ultimate Night frames as we found that smaller frames tend to suit us better.
They arrived within about seven days as we live in the UK, but if you live in the US, you can expect to get them quicker than that.
The Popp frames are made from transparent plastic, which allow you to see the way the glasses have been put together. The hinges have a springiness to them which clicks the glasses open before you put them on.
Every pair of Ra Optics glasses come with a carrying case and cleaning cloth.
We were impressed by the choice of styles on offer, and you’ll probably be able to find a pair that suits you. If not, Ra Optics also offer to add their special tinted lenses to an existing pair of glasses or sunglasses.
Let’s now move on to the next section of our review – the lenses and the effect!
As we mentioned above, the Ultimate Night lenses are dark orange and the first thing you’ll notice when you put them on is that most blue colors are blocked out to look ‘black’.
Simply put, they give a fire/sunset tone to everything, and regardless of whether they’ll help with sleep or not, we certainly felt more relaxed the moment put them on.
The official website says that the Ultimate Night lenses have been specifically designed to block all light wavelengths up to 550 nanometers.
The site recommends that you wear them after dark, and not during the day – although some people may choose to wear them while being exposed to particularly bright artificial light.
We chose to wear the Ultimate Night lenses around two to three hours before bed each night. Most of the time, that meant we were wearing them in the comfort of our own home, but sometimes we put them on while out and about – and got quite a few compliments and questions about them!
As well as the relaxing effect we felt, we also started to feel sleepy and tired about an hour after having put them on.
We certainly noticed a massive difference while wearing them consistently in the hours before bed, combined with starting our day with 15 minutes of natural sunlight exposure first thing in the morning.
We took a look online to see what real customers were saying about Ra Optics and get a feel as to how the product is being received by customers.
From what we could tell on social media, people seem to be very happy with the product, and the brand has been endorsed by the likes of Luke Storey and Ben Greenfield.
As Ra Optics’ glasses are only currently available on the official website, we couldn’t check Amazon to see what people were saying.
We’ll update this part of our review as more verified customers share their experience with the Ra Optics range of glasses.
• You can currently only buy them directly from the Ra Optics website at the moment, meaning that you won’t find them in shops or elsewhere online at places like Amazon or eBay.
• They have a premium price tag, which means that they may not fit into everyone’s budget. That said, you can get a 10% discount off your order by clicking here.
• If you live in the UK, you may have to pay a customs charge for delivery as the Ra Optics glasses are currently shipped from the US.
We’ve found that using blue light blocking glasses in the final few hours before bed has made a massive impact on our sleep and overall feeling of wellbeing.
However, you should not expect a pair of blue blockers to solve all of your problems.
Good health starts with making sure that you’re sticking to a healthy diet, exercising regularly and sleeping properly.
Blue blocker glasses are a great tool which can help you to switch off at night, but they are not going to solve all of your health problems single handedly.
That brings us to the end of our review of the Ra Optics Ultimate Night Blue Blocker glasses.
Overall, we were highly impressed by the product.
Most importantly, the lenses are designed to block out the important frequencies of blue light to produce the maximum effect.
But on top of that, the frames are stylish and are of high quality. So much so that we didn’t mind wearing them out and about (on the London Underground for example!).
Overall, we highly recommend the Ra Optics brand of blue blockers. If you’re looking for a quality pair of effective blue blockers that also look cool, the Ra Optics range is a great option.
For more information and to get a 10% discount, visit: www.raoptics.com
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