Emerald Vision from Telebrands is a pair of eyewear they promise will not only rebalance light, but also make you feel happier every time you put them on. They claim this is because the weather affects our mood, and Emerald Vision’s specially designed lenses clam to mimic the look of direct sunlight when it’s a gloomy cloudy day and will even work indoors.
How does Emerald Vision sunglasses say they work to improve my mood?
Emerald Vision looks like a pair of ordinary aviator-style sunglasses, albeit ones with a greenish tint. They claim these emerald lenses have been specially designed to remove reds and blues and highlight particular wavelengths of green to rebalance light as it appears on a typical cloudy day.
Emerald Vision sunglasses boasts this adjustment will make it look sunnier, even if the sky is really gray or you are inside. This, they promise, will send a signal to your brain that will elevate your mood from blah to wonderful.
Is there any science to back up Emerald Vision’s mood enhancing claims?
They don’t point to any specific evidence, but here’s what we discovered about weather, light, and color and how they may affect the way you feel.
First, Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is real. This is a type of depression associated with a specific time of year, usually fall and winter but a small number of people get it in spring and summer. SAD can be treated with light therapy, which involves sitting next to a bright, clear light. While research has limited, it is generally considered effective for mild to moderate disorders. But in order to get the right type of light, it’s best to consult with your doctor first.
Second, while weather may affect our mood, the small amount of research is somewhat contradictory. For example, German researchers found evidence that suicides seem to peak during spring and summer; they also found that responses to their questionnaire about daily mood were so varied, that a mood-weather link may be on an individual level. In other words, some people get sad in the summer and others sing in the rain.
Third, color psychology and therapy research is generally anecdotal and not backed by rigorous scientific studies. Color therapies have been used for thousands of years, but they tend to have different meanings in different cultures. While most psychologists are skeptical of color therapy, there are some interesting findings in recent experiments. For example, a blue room tends to calm people down; however, this effect seems to be only temporary.
The color green may be associated with nature and reduce stress in some, but remember that people can also turn “green” with envy. Some people prefer yellow lenses, and different people tolerate different colors – that’s why there’s so many tints of sunglasses.
In other words, there are many different factors that affect our mood, and the impact of weather is often overemphasized. There is no evidence that looking through the world through Emerald Vision sunglasses will really make you happier. And if they do, it’s likely to only be a temporary effect.
How much does it cost for a pair of Emerald Vision sunglasses?
Emerald Vision retails for $20, which includes free shipping and handling. Emerald Vision sunglasses come with a 60-day money back guarantee. Since the shipping and handling is said to be free, this means you will only have to pay to ship your Emerald Vision eyewear back to them. Note: you must include a written explanation as to why you are returning them or they could refuse the request.
Telebrands Customer Service number for Emerald Vision eyewear: 855-668-1655
Bottom Line: Will Emerald Vision Eyewear really make me happier?
Possibly, because happiness is a state of mind – you may also experience a placebo effect. However, like most things in life (including our mood) it will be temporary with diminishing returns.
But here’s why we don’t recommend Emerald Vision eyewear for outdoor use: there is not enough information about its level of UV protection for your eyes. Over time, UVA and UVB rays can damage our eyes and even cause cancer. While the FDA regulates sunglasses, there is no standard level of UV protection required.
Emerald Vision merely states their sunglasses “contain UV protection” but not specifically how much. Many experts advise against buying sunglasses without an exact percentage listed, and that it should be at least 98-99% of both UVA and UVB rays. An Australian study showed that 20% of sunglasses were mislabeled, and they have specific standards for protection. Similar studies in the US point to the same thing, and the price of the glasses makes no difference.
Therefore, if you are interested in Emerald Vision sunglasses, we do not recommend you wearing them outdoors. Emerald Vision does claim their product can be used indoors, but your cheerful mood may be soured if people start giggling at you for wearing them.
How to buy sunglasses:
- Don’t buy from a street corner, get from an established retailer
- Make sure they state they block at least 98% of both UVA and UVB light
- Look for wording that they meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements
- More tips from WebMD here
Then, once you’ve got your new pair of cool glasses, put them on and simply smile. Studies show that even a forced smile can reduce stress and brighten your day.
Let us know your experience with Emerald Vision sunglasses below!