Artificial light and the rapid growth of screen-based technology is a big issue, and we're proud to be a part of the effort working to mitigate the negative effects. According to the CDC more than one in three American adults don't get enough sleep, and an estimated 68 percent (164 million) struggle with sleep at least once a week. The problem is massive, and it's draining people's pockets – Americans spend upwards of $50 billion a year on sleep aids, many of which don't help very much.
When we were working on Carbonshade, we originally planned to make our lenses orange like other blue-blocking eyewear companies. However we quickly realized that orange doesn't block very much harmful light, so we decided we'd take a more hands-on approach. We had our manufacturer build a prototype using polycarbonate red lenses from laser-grade eyewear, and the results were even better than we could have hoped. Our new lenses not only looked beautiful, but also blocked over 99.8% of the total light across the entire spectrum known to trigger melatonin suppression (400-570 nm), far surpassing the capabilities of yellow or orange lenses. With that discovery we were able to launch Carbonshade.
Carbonshade glasses are designed to be worn in the evening prior to going to bed. It's in these crucial hours that artificial light tricks our brain into thinking it’s still daytime, shifting our circadian rhythm which results in poor sleep and sub-optimal health. By blocking the responsible light, you can go to bed knowing you'll wake up more rested and refreshed.
After running a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, updating our product lineup with new styles, and filing a patent on our lenses, Carbonshade has become not only the best blue-blocking eyewear maker but also one of the most popular, with customers in over 60 countries and 48 US states using Carbonshade to sleep better.