Sapphire Eyewear was born from the honeymoon in Zambia of Seamus Flynn and his wife Dr Dearbhaile Collins.
Seamus is an optometrist and Dearbhaile is a cancer doctor who spends a lot of time on computers researching cancer treatments and had been developing eyestrain, headaches and difficulty sleeping.
Whilst on honeymoon Dearbhaile took a break from her research, and went technology free for a few weeks which resulted in an improvement of her symptoms and the realisation of just how bad her digital eye strain had been.
Seamus has been working as an optician for nearly 20 years and noticed a huge increase in the number of complaints of digital eyestrain particularly in the last 5 years or so due to the increasing amount of time we now spend looking at computers, tablets and smartphone so he set out to make blue light glasses more available, accessible and affordable.
Seamus noticed that whilst there were companies selling blue light glasses online the quality of the glasses were very poor and the optical performance of the lenses were also sub-par. He and Dearbhaile set out to create a premium brand of eyewear, with designer quality frames made of the finest grade acetates and quality metals and put a big focus (excuse the pun!) on providing lenses with high performance optics that blocks blue light but also provides sharp vision with no aberrations.
While Seamus and Dearbhaile were in Zambia, they were shocked to learn that Zambia has only 48 qualified opticians in the whole country, with a population of 16 million people.
The public find it very difficult and expensive to access eye testing and suitable prescription eyewear even for the most basic prescriptions.
They decided to do whatever they could to help and as part of their new venture for every pair of glasses sold by Sapphire Eyewear, they will donate a pair of glasses to people in need in developing countries to help people in countries like Zambia to have access to appropriate eyewear.
They teamed up with their charity partners Mission for Vision who distribute their donated glasses to deprived areas where they are most needed.