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Between working from home, checking your phone and watching TV, the amount of screen time you’re logging has likely gone up in recent months. And with blue light most notably emitted from those same screens, your level of blue light exposure has likely increased as well. While it’s probably not possible to avoid screens completely, the best blue light blocking glasses may help protect your eyes from eye strain and fatigue.
Warby Parker offers a variety of trendy frame styles.
If you wear prescription glasses, you can often add blue light blocking technology as an upgrade your prescription lenses. But if you don’t, these blue light glasses are an excellent, affordable solution that may help improve your quality of life when you’re stuck in front of the computer all day.
Interested in trying them out for yourself? Here are some of the best blue light glasses to check out now.
Warby Parker is now offering blue light blocking lenses on all of their eyewear. Simply go on their website and choose your favorite frames. Then, at checkout, add on blue light blocking for $50. You can get them in prescription or non-prescription lenses.
Zenni’s line of blue light blocking lenses is called BLOKZ, and glasses start at the low price of $17 per pair. They block blue light as well as UV rays, and Zenni offers the glasses in prescription and non-prescription forms, as well as sunglasses.
Who says blocking out blue light can’t be fashionable? These Ray-Bans have the classic Wayfarer shape for a cool retro look, and they also offer 100% protection from UV light. The frames are made of a sturdy plastic, so you don’t have to worry about accidental breakage, and their slightly larger-than-usual silhouette really makes a statement.
These glasses are outfitted with lenses that filter out blue light, so you can use them even if you don’t wear prescription glasses. The on-trend hand-polished clear polycarbonate frames also look really cool, and help minimize eye strain from electronic devices and computer screens.
The clear lenses on these Tom Ford glasses are enhanced by a blue coating to reduce blue light exposure. Made of acetate, the frames are sturdy and designed to hold up to years of wear. And the subtle tortoiseshell pattern adds a little interest without being too over the top.
These fashion-forward reading glasses are made with recyclable BPA-free plastic and contain special lenses that filter out up to 30% of blue light emissions. They’re also customizable: You can order online based on your prescription strength.
DIFF eyewear is where high fashion meets function. If you want to protect your eyes in designer-inspired style, these oversized acetate frames with a metal inlay are perfect for the job. While these frames are a bit of an investment, the blue light blocking lenses are made of scratch-resistant polymer that’s made to last.
EyeBuyDirect offers three different ranges of blue light blocking lenses. The first is called EBDBlue Plus, which is scratch resistant and protects against glare and UV light, in addition to blue light. The second is called EBDBlue360, which offers the same as EBDBlue Plus with an added premium anti-glare coating. And the third is SightRelax, which has all the benefits of EBDBlue Plus, but also offers special lenses that relieve eyestrain and enhance reading.
Aviator-style glasses look great on most faces, and these blue light glasses are no exception. They’re made to block 90-99% of blue light, while reducing eye strain and eye fatigue. The glasses are made of ultra-thin, lightweight metal, while soft nose pads help them stay put. Choose between black, gold, silver, and rose gold frames.
With a unisex square-shaped style and more than two dozen frame colors, from clear to wheat to black, the TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses are a safe and affordable pick. The lenses have a soft yellow tint that’s designed to block out 100% of UV rays and lightweight frames that don’t add extra weight to your face, making it easier to transition to wearing glasses regularly if you’re not used to wearing specs.
Blue light is one of the colors on the visible light spectrum. It has a short wavelength, which means that it produces more energy than other light colors. There are two types of blue light—natural (from the sun) and artificial (from devices like your phone, computer, tablet, and TV). While exposure to natural blue light during the day isn’t much of a concern, regular exposure to artificial blue light has been linked to various problems, like eye strain, fatigue, and headache.
But what’s so wrong with blue light? For one thing, it contributes to eye strain, and can also increase the risk of macular degeneration as well as other vision complications. It can also affect your sleep by disrupting your circadian rhythm. And while we’re all exposed to the blue light that comes from the sun (it’s the blue wavelengths in sunlight), which actually boosts attention and mood during the day, it’s our exposure to blue light outside of daylight hours that can affect us in less desirable ways.
That’s where blue light glasses come in. Blue light blocking glasses have special lenses that are thought to block or filter out blue light given off from screens, arguably mitigating any potential negative effects. And while even the best blue light glasses have their use, experts stress that they aren’t a magical tool that will solve all your eye problems.
Many people develop eye issues like dry eye and eye strain when they’re in front of a screen because they don’t blink enough, says Sunir J. Garg, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology at the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital. “Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look into the distance,” he says. “That will lubricate your eyes more and help with symptoms.”
There isn’t a lot of research to support the use of blue light glasses, says Phillip Yuhas, O.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Optometry at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, but this is a newer type of glasses. “Some patients do find that some blue light blocking glasses improve subjective comfort while viewing a screen,” Yuhas says.
Blue light glasses may also help you get a better night’s sleep, says Garg. “For some folks, exposing themselves to intense blue light at nighttime can screw up their internal clock,” he says. “That can mess up certain people’s sleep-wake cycles. There may be some advantage to people using blue light glasses at night if they’re having trouble sleeping.”
Ultimately, investing in a pair of blue light glasses probably couldn’t hurt. But it’s a good idea to talk to your eye doctor about other reasons for your eye issues if you’re having uncomfortable symptoms, says Vivian Shibayama, O.D., an optometrist with UCLA Health.