Our eyes are the windows to our souls. Or so the saying goes. This is why Renpho eye massagers and other similar products have been so popular of late. Do you know how much time the average person spends looking at screens per day? The answer is, more than it is good for your eyes.
I speak from experience. At the rate my dark eye rings have been expanding, I’m going to put the pandas to shame. My problem with eye masks is that I basically can’t do anything when I have my eye massage. Except sleeping. Or meditating, which is basically just sleeping while listening to some relaxing sounds of nature.
EyeDear eye massager solves this problem by letting you do other things while getting your eye massage. Let’s take a look at how it does this.
What is it
EyeDear eye massager is a wearable device for your… dear eyes. It is an eye massager that you can see through.
Unlike conventional eye massagers, EyeDear has an open design that doesn’t cover your eyes. This means you can enjoy your 10-minute massage session while reading a book. In fact, you can wear it wherever you want, if you don’t mind being stared at for wearing this weird-looking device.
Wear it while you sit in a cafe and people watch. Or when you’re doing your gym or yoga sessions. Or when you’re just enjoying a cuppa or doing some housework. But maybe not while you’re using your computer or smartphones.
It uses three methods to take care of your eyes and the surrounding areas: heat, red light, and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).
Like most eye massagers, provides heat compression on the areas surrounding yours eyes to soothe your eyes and improve blood circulation. Besides using heat to promote blood circulation around your eyes, EyeDear uses EMS as well. EMS also helps with muscle toning to slow down the effects of ageing.
Who is it for
Do you look at somewhere far away to relax your eyes after looking at screens for 20 minutes? Do you massage your eyes to relax them? Do you even know how to massage your eyes with your hands?
Chances are, your answer is no to all three questions. Even if you know the benefits these habits bring, we generally don’t remember to do them in our hectic lives. This is why eye massagers have been a popular addition to people’s daily routines.
EyeDear is great for people who want to enjoy the benefits of an eye massager without having to keep their eyes closed. Does that make sense? I mean, the sensible thing to do when your eyes feel tired is it close your eyes and let your eyes relax. So, I’m not sure if you want to strain your eyes while trying to deal with eye fatigue. The Kickstarter campaign has a bad example of the model using the EyeDear while playing video games, as you can see in the GIF above.
Of course, you can use EyeDear with your eyes closed. The lack of an enclosure means you can open your eyes and see what’s around you without having to stop the session and remove the eye mask.
My first choice to recommend this to would be the pandas. Poor fuzzies. Imagine having dark eye circles named after you! Panda eyes! But if the eye massager gets rid of their panda eyes, does it mean we’re contributing to the extinction of the pandas?
What problems does it solve
Well, EyeDear doesn’t solve the global warming problem, but it saves the window to your should. But in this day and age where we are soulless husks peering at our screens for satisfaction, I’m not sure if having a beautiful window means anything.
Window to a decayed soul? Jokes aside I believe eye massagers are very underrated. We worry about our tummys and faces. We go to the gym and apply cosmetics. But how often do we pamper our eyes? We take care of all the other parts of our bodies while keeping our eyes open, usually staring at a screen.
Before we know it, crows feet spring out of nowhere and we look a decade or two older.
Is it innovative
Eye massagers and the different features EyeDear has are nothing new. However, the product is innovative with the design. Instead of the usual eye massager design that covers the eyes, it gives you the freedom of keeping your eyes closed or opening your eyes and work on certain tasks while having the massage.
I’m no expert in eye massages, but closing your eyes seems to be different from having your eyes covered. Give it a try. Close your eyes. Then cover your eyes with your hands. “See” the difference? It might not have any effect on the therapy session at all, but it is something to keep in mind.
That said, there are eye care tools that have such a design, albeit more bulky and unsightly. EyeDear has a more futuristic style with its sleek look.
Is it worth it
EyeDear will retail for $199. A quick search on Amazon shows that eye massagers sell for $50 to $70. So, is the EyeDear worth triple the price for its open design? I saw an eye massager with a open design but it only has the red light therapy function. It retails at only $39.99 on Amazon.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it is worth it. However, keep in mind the battery life expectancy.
EyeDear states that its rechargeable battery has a lifespan of 2 years. It is a built-in battery that can’t be replaced. So the product is basically paperweight or a fancy accessory once the battery dies. The Amazon alternatives also use built-in rechargeable batteries, so they also have a limited lifespan. But at their lower price point, they would still be more value for money as a disposable item.
Are there any alternatives
Besides the alternatives I mentioned when discussion whether it is worth it, there are other ways to pamper your eyes. Look for an eye masseur. Or don’t be lazy and learn the quick steps to massage your eyes. Pair regular massage with better daily routines and you can keep your eyes healthy naturally without contributing even more battery waste.
Rest your eyes more. Reduce your screen time. Sleep earlier. I’m going to stop here because I’m sounding a lot like my mum. And probably your mum too.
I’m on the fence on this. EyeDear is borderline worth it for me. I have only one pair of eyes and I should take care of them. So spending a bit more on them should be a sensible investment in the long run. On the other paw, becoming a panda means I get more perks. Not to mention there are cheaper alternatives that can get the job done.
Here’s a simple way to decide if EyeDear is for you. If you need to do things while getting your eye massage, EyeDear would be, uh, ideal. For those of you who rather enjoy your eye massage while taking a nap or just closing your eyes and enjoying your favourite podcasts, the other eye massagers would suffice.
Hi, I’m Rainee.
I’m a reindeer that identifies as a bear. I’m the Critical Bear that does standup comedy.