Barner: eyewear designed to improve your wellbeing & sleep

crowdfunding-picBarner is a new eyewear brand from Barcelona whose purpose is to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light emitted by digital devices.

There are many man-made sources of blue light, such as fluorescent and LED lighting, computer screens, smartphones, tablets, flat-screen televisions and other digital devices. Studies show that overexposure can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina over time, which can lead to permanent vision loss later in life. It can also contribute to digital eye-strain.

Unfortunately, the human eye is not very good at blocking blue light. Virtually all of it passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina. This is because this is the highest energy wavelength of visible light which can penetrate all the way to the back of the eye. Hence the danger.

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Consider this. Most people spend nearly 9 hours a day in front of digital devices. This is more than we sleep at night. The consequences range from minor side-effects such as red or dry eyes to more serious conditions, including the disruption of sleep.

This is where Barner comes in. Created by three young professionals, these specs filter out blue light which brings much needed relief to your eyes, reduces headaches, and increases melatonin production allowing you to sleep better. Put these glasses on and you can take pleasure in knowing that your eyes will last much longer than the smartphones, tablets or computers you are looking at.

And don’t worry. You are not going to put on an oversized set of geeky specs. With three different models to choose from, the frames are 100% handmade with premium Italian Mazzuchelli acetate. They also come in 9 different designs.

Barner can be bought as neutral lenses as well as prescription lenses. The company has turned to Kickstarter earlier this month to raise funds for production.


Price: €89 and up

Funding open:
€28,568 pledged of €18,000 goal
29 days to go

Estimated delivery: February 2018

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