Hi! My name is Matt Maruca, and I'd like to thank you for being here.
As a kid, I struggled with poor health: gut issues, allergies, headaches, and chronic fatigue were always bringing me down, making life feel like more of a burden than a gift.
Every day, I woke up feeling exhausted. At school, I constantly wanted to fall asleep. I felt depressed and unhappy. No matter what, I was low on energy.
With my allergies, I couldn't even enjoy the most beautiful days of spring without my nostrils being so congested that I thought my head might explode.
I got headaches that hurt so bad that I would have to leave school. One time, I had a migraine so painful that it made me nauseous, and I had to vomit on the sidewalk as my dad came to take me home from the school nurse's office.
Another time, I had a headache that lasted for three weeks straight. I remember crying face-down on the couch, pleading for something to change, and my mom took me to the emergency room. They pumped my blood with a saline IV and drugs, but not a single doctor seemed to take the time to find the root cause.
Worst of all, every time I would eat, my gut would hurt, and I would develop the worst gas and bloating imaginable. It was uncomfortable, painful, and beyond embarrassing. I was miserable.
Traditional Western medicine didn’t help because it only focuses on hiding symptoms on the surface, NOT on healing the root cause.
I was desperate and wanted nothing more than to heal. I had a fire in my veins, so I spent late nights on the computer reading everything I could.
By age 13 I was leading myself through ultra-strict healing diets and trying every healing supplement you could imagine.
They helped, but only partially, and I couldn’t figure out why, especially when the experts said “diet is the single most important factor for health”! (Little did I know that this couldn't be further from the truth, and there was something much, much deeper coming my way...)
Then, I learned about mitochondria, the engines in our cells that burn our food for energy (just like a car engine burns gasoline to run).
It turned out that these mitochondria are controlled by LIGHT.
I learned that in order to function properly, mitochondria need sunlight during the day and, to repair, they need darkness at night.
Back to the car analogy: If the spark plugs in a car’s engine are broken, premium gasoline and fuel additives alone can't fix it (duh!). The car needs to see a mechanic!
In the same way, if our mitochondria aren't working properly, no amount of healthy food or supplements will be able to fix them—this was my challenge exactly! No matter how strict my diet was, or how much I supplemented, I wasn't feeling better.
What do we do?
We have to get our engines to their natural mechanic!: sunlight during the day, and darkness at night.
I started going out in the sun in the morning to help set my body’s natural rhythm and energize my mitochondria, and avoiding bright artificial light at night.
Basically, getting my body’s rhythm back on track with nature.
The part about getting sunlight was obvious, straightforward, and (best of all), totally free!
But, avoiding light at night? This seemed basically impossible in a world covered in electric lighting for the last 150 years.
I kept reading, and I learned that a very specific part of the light spectrum, high-energy blue light, affects the body's circadian rhythm far more than any of the other colors.
In fact, just like the eyes have rods and cones for color vision, in the 90's, scientists discovered a third type of photoreceptor in the eye called "melanopsin".
Melanopsin doesn't create visual images in our brain; instead, it signals directly to the hypothalamus: the master control center of our body's clock (the circadian rhythm), our hormones and neurotransmitters, and our entire metabolism!
This meant that simple exposure to bright man-made light sources at night could throw off my sleep, my brain function, and my entire metabolism. I couldn't believe it.
I had been exposed to artificial light my entire life, and NOT ONCE did I EVER think that it could affect my health in any way. I could not have been more wrong!
So, I didn't have to sequester myself away in a dark cave to protect my mitochondria. I found goggles on Amazon that blocked all of the wavelengths of light that disrupt the circadian rhythm, setting my health free while still living a normal life.
I noticed the effects immediately. I felt naturally more calm and relaxed in the evening, slept more deeply, and woke up with more ENERGY.
My health issues began to fade further and further away...
The problem was that I was in high school, and wearing red goggles was really not cool at the time.
I tried several brands but not a single one both blocked the RIGHT wavelengths of light AND had attractive, top-quality frame styles to choose from.
So, I did what any entrepreneurial spirit would.
I did all the research and started making and testing them for myself, my family and friends, and others.
When things started to pick up, I needed a name for my new brand! I remembered learning about Ra, the Egyptian god of sunlight. The sun god was the most powerful of all the ancient gods in every society, because the sun was the most powerful and relevant force for life on earth, and still is today.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, optics is "a science that deals with the genesis and propagation of light, the changes that it undergoes and produces, and other phenomena closely associated with it".
So, I decided to name my new endeavor "Ra Optics". A tribute to the sun; a nod to the ancient wisdom that is the foundation for all modern knowledge, a mission firmly rooted in advanced modern science in everything that we do, and bringing the two together in ways that have never been done before.
We are bringing the light of nature and truth back to the modern world.
In addition to creating the world's first and only premium Sleep Glasses, I decided to create a superior alternative to traditional computer glasses, called Screen Lenses, which block 30x more harmful blue light from LED's than most clear computer lenses available today.
We’ve grown since our humble beginnings, but our core values remain the same. We will never compromise on quality.
Our lenses have been designed and developed with the world's leading experts on light-protective technology, and utilize the world’s most advanced, proprietary blue light-absorbing pigment technology.
Our frames are designed with keen attention to detail and handcrafted using the world’s highest quality materials—Italian Acetate and German-Engineered Metal—into a variety of trending and timeless styles. There is a frame for everyone!
Ra Optics—The World’s Only Premium Sleep Glasses.
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Founder and CEO