Sometimes All You Need is a New Perspective

As you age, you may notice that your vision is not what it used to be, but you can still see relatively well. Then one day, the menus at restaurants are blurry and you find yourself straining to see clearly. Your eyes feel tired at the end of the day, and you may even have to start holding your tablet or phone out at an arm’s length just to read your messages.  Sound familiar?

These are some of the most common signs and symptoms that you may be developing presbyopia, the clinical term for what happens to your eyes as you age, creating the need for reading glasses.

Between the ages of 40 and 65, nearly everyone’s eyes go through a change that leads to presbyopia. The eye’s lens, which contracts and expands thanks to the help of a circular muscle, becomes less flexible and more rigid over time. The hardening of the lens prohibits the eye from contracting to focus on close-up objects, which is what causes fuzzy vision when trying to read.

Although this may sound formidable, everyone develops some degree of presbyopia during their life, and a simple visit to your eye doctor for an eye exam can confirm the diagnosis. Luckily, there are several easy fixes to correct your reading vision! The most common solution is wearing a pair of reading glasses.   Over 27% of American adults aged 45-54 currently wear reading glasses — so don’t worry, you are in good company!

Here are some common misconceptions about reading glasses to be mindful of:

  1. Your vision will get worse over time by wearing reading glasses:   NOT TRUE!
    • Glasses are simply an aid to improve vision, and they will not cause your eyesight to grow worse over time.
  2. If you wear glasses, not wearing them will cause your vision to deteriorate faster: NOT TRUE!
    • Trying to focus without glasses will not make your vision deteriorate faster, though it could lead to squinting (causing wrinkles!) and eyestrain. The primary effects of not wearing your glasses are temporary and, at most can cause discomfort.
  1. Over-the-counter readers can hurt your eyes: NOT TRUE!
    • Using over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses, will not hurt your eyes. OTC reading glasses contain magnifying lenses in different powers that work just as well.  Before buying reading glasses you will want to know the reading power you need. Follow this guide to determine your magnification.
  1. Wearing reading glasses makes your eyes stronger: NOT TRUE!
    • Wearing reading glasses makes your vision clearer, but it does not have an impact on your prescription.
  1. Sitting too close to the TV is bad for your eyes: NOT TRUE!
    • This rumor hasn’t been true since the 1950s when television sets emitted mild levels of radiation and blue light.  These days, TVs have proper shielding so radiation is no longer an issue but blue light from LED television sets is indeed much worse than old-fashioned TVs. Sitting in front of the TV or any other blue light emitting device for too long will cause eye strain, irritation, or even macular degeneration.  Consider a pair of blue light blocking readers!
  1. Reading in dim light will worsen your eyesight: NOT TRUE!
    • You will not go blind from reading in the dark, but it will make it harder to see what you are reading. In low light, your eyes are doing two things: relaxing to collect as much light as possible and contracting to focus on what you are reading. Your eyes can become strained and tired, resulting in sore, dry, or watery eyes, as well as headaches. While reading in the dark might be challenging, these symptoms are temporary and will not cause long-term damage to your eyesight.

Why settle if you don’t have to?

When it comes to reading — whether it be a book on your couch, on your tablet in bed, or on your computer at work — stop squinting and embrace quality reading glasses that actually help you see!

Sometimes all you need is a new perspective.

Consider this: what if there were reading glasses that could also protect your eyes, mind, and body from the harmful effects of artificial lighting? Good news! The new TrueDark Reading Glasses block 40% of blue light, and are available in the most popular lens magnifications ranging from +1.00 to +2.50!

Junk Light, Disrupted Sleep, and Your Health

Exposure melatonin disrupting junk light can have have effects on many aspects of your health

Sleep cycle disruption

Junk light exposure when traveling can disrupt your circadian rhythm. Long-term exposure to light at night which accompanies shift work is listed as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Light at night has shown to be highly associated with significantly the risk of hormone specific such as cancers of the breast and prostate.


The flickering wavelength of light associated with LEDs and compact fluorescent lights emit blue light that inhibits melatonin production but also create a unique glare that impacts your retina causing eye strain, headaches, and physical and mental fatigue.

Weight Gain

Red light and darkness move leptin and ghrelin into patterns that are (context dependent) associated with less hunger, while blue light does the opposite and can move both into patterns associated with more hunger.

Anxiety/Depression & Depression

Increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, due to circadian disruption. Memory recall is impaired with consistent sleep deprivation and may leave you distracted and not performing your absolute best.

The Importance of Melanopsin Cells

The Key to Better Sleep

detects blue light

The melanopsin cells detect blue light it tells your brain that it is “daytime” and less melatonin is produced.

sending signals to your brain

The signals to your brain to alert brightness and for the brain to increase or suppress the sleep hormone, melatonin.

Light Source

Melanopsin cells can’t differentiate the blue light that occurs naturally form the sun from the junk light emitted from your computer monitor.

Start Optimizing Your Life

Harness Your Biology to Fight Junk Light

Your body requires some blue light at the right time of day and from the right sources. That’s why we created TrueDark® Sleep Technology that gives you 24-protection from junk light day and night.

Use TrueDark® Twilights When You’re Ready for Sleep

Stop Junk Light with TrueDark® Twilight technology that frees your hormones and neurotransmitters to do their best work.

When the sun goes down, blue light isn’t the only junk light that can disrupt our sleep cycle and more than blue blockers are needed. TrueDark® Twilight is the first and only solution that is designed to work with melanopsin, a protein in your eyes responsible for absorbing light and sending sleep/wake signals to your brain. Without melanopsin, melatonin can’t be accessed.

When you wear your Twilights for as little as 30 min before bed you prevent your melanopsin from detecting the wrong wavelengths of light at the wrong time of day. This supports  your circadian rhythm and helps you fall asleep faster and get more restorative and restful sleep.

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TrueDark® Daywalkers for Your Waking Hours

The highly advanced lenses in TrueDark® Daywalkers operate on a more advanced level than traditional blue blockers.

Blue light emitted from the sun helps regulate our sleep/wake cycle. However, in today’s world, we’re exposed to an overabundance of blue light, or junk light from artificial light. This includes hours spent in front of  TVs, phones, and computers. It also includes time spent in artificial man made light with LEDs and fluorescent lights. Even if we’re simply reading a book, we’re doing that in artificial light which emit dramatically more blue light than the sun. That overexposure to junk light during the day has a dramatic impact on our neurotransmitters and hormones that are responsible for quality sleep.

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