If you’re anything like the average person, you probably spend a good number of hours in front of a screen almost every day. As you probably already know from experience, all this screen time is not pleasant for your eyes. Excessive screen time can strain your eyes and lead to itchiness and discomfort. Some people will even get severe headaches from looking at a screen for too long, and prolonged exposure can even lead to macular degeneration. If you want to avoid these potential health hazards, a pair of blue light blocking glasses can provide some protection.
The latest science suggests, but there’s still evidence that squinting at digital screens all day can throw off your circadian rhythm and inhibit melatonin production, which can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Even if you’re not sure if hours of staring at a screen are to blame for your insomnia and eye strain, mitigating blue light exposure with blue light blocking glasses can’t hurt.
So if you’re staring at a screen all day and want to block as much blue light as possible, we’re here to help you find the bestfor your needs. As soon as you put blue light blocking glasses on your face, hopefully you’ll start to minimize eye strain, take better care of your and they have it pumping come bedtime.
I promise, getting the right pair of blue light protection glasses is much easier than getting prescription glasses or even reading glasses. There are plenty of options too – blue light blockers with clear lenses and plastic frames abound, so you’ll look good while wearing blue light protection.
I’ve compiled a list of the best blue light blocking glasses, and each option is stylish and comfortable. Buy a pair ASAP to reduce your exposure to blue light while half-watching three hours of Netflix while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. Oh, what a time to be alive!
Peepers blue light glasses are affordable (under $30) and with magnification can double as reading glasses. The company claims its blue light technology can filter out 40% of harmful rays from the blue light spectrum – ideal when you’re trying to avoid the pitfalls that come with overexposure to artificial light from computer screens and prevent digital eye strain. These super-trendy square tortoiseshell frames immediately caught my eye. If, like me, you don’t always want to go super-extra, these blue light glasses also come in neutral tones like black and cream, so you look on-trend while minimizing light exposure. These glasses also provide UV protection.
“Prive Revaux” sounds like I’m going to convince you to buy $300 glasses, but in reality, this stylish eyewear brand sells its best blue light blocking glasses for around $40. Its lenses have blue light filters along with an anti-glare coating that reduces eye strain.
Not only do the name of these blue light filtering glasses sound super fancy, but the styles—there are over three dozen to choose from—are designer-inspired at a really affordable price.
Gunnar is serious about blue light filtering eye protection. The company has a “spectrum of blue light protection factors,” ranging from the lowest protection of 35, to heavy protection at 98 (see amber lens design). Gunnar recommends SPF 98 if you’re working on the computer late at night, so these might be the best blue light blocking glasses for you workaholics and gamers (or 2am HBO bingers).
I chose the Intercept (starting at $70) and boy do these blue glasses look intense with their amber colored lenses. You might want this to be your only “at home” pair.
You may have recognized the Felix Gray brand name because of the impressive eyewear marketing, featuring attractive people wearing these stylish frames. All of the company’s models seem to look smarter right now just by slipping on a pair.
Along with great style, Felix Gray incorporates blue light blocking filters directly into the lenses and adds an anti-reflective coating to help protect against artificial blue light. These classic round Roebling frames come in two frame color options, fun blue or tortoise brown, priced at $95. Depending on your needs and preferences, these may be the best blue light blocking glasses for you.
At Glasses USA, you can add their “digital blue light block” protection to any style of glasses for $19, along with your vision prescription, if needed (you can also order blue light glasses without prescription lenses). That means you can choose from a myriad of computer glasses frames with an extra blue light filter, but I did the work for you and picked these cool retro ones.
Glasses USA invites people who spend more than five hours a day on a computer or who look at their phone more than 20 times a day to add their digital blue light block lenses. They normally sell for $98, but now you can pick them up for half price when you use them promo code SPRING50.
Eyeconic is definitely the highest quality in the group, with a selection of designer brands. Most glasses are above a whopping $140, with frames from Calvin Klein, Nike, and Cole Haan, to name a few.
You can add TechShield blue light blocking technology to any of its styles, which the eyewear company says reduces blue light exposure by up to 85%, making them one of the most protective and best blue light blocking glasses around. I chose these chunky frames from Cole Haan because I love how prominent they are, but there are plenty of other options to suit your style.
If you’re into cool retro-grandpa vibes like me (and Instagram), you’ll love these gold-rimmed aviator frames from Ray-Ban. Blue light filtering technology can protect your eyes from digital eye strain during screen time, and the thin metal frame won’t strain your temples.
Frequently Asked Questions for Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Do blue light glasses really work?
Short answer? Yes. Blue light blocking glasses have filters that block blue light waves emitted by any light source – the sun, screens, light bulbs, etc.
Research has shown that blue light affects our body’s ability to produce melatonin, a hormone that helps us fall asleep. Wearing anti-blue light glasses while staring at screens, especially at night, can help your body produce melatonin so you can get a good night’s rest.
How do I clean blue light glasses?
First, you should always refer to the cleaning instructions that came with your blue light blocking glasses. In general, you can clean blue light glasses the same way you clean any other glasses – with a soft, lint-free cloth that won’t cause scratches and a gentle cleaning spray designed for glasses.
When should I wear blue glasses?
Blue light generally energizes you, helps you concentrate, lifts your mood – all good things during the day. But when you take a break from the day in the evening and want to relax, blue light can be distracting. For most people, wearing blue light blocking glasses in the evening while watching TV or staring at any screen will be of the greatest benefit.
Some people also find that blue light blocking glasses can help reduce eye strain, blurred vision and headaches from staring at screens while working. You can try both or one to see what works best for you.
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