If you're reading this right now, chances are your eyes might be hurting from looking at your phone or computer's screen. In fact, you've probably spent all day looking at screens, leading to that dreaded condition — digital eye strain.
Given how much of our daily life revolves around squinting into a bright screen (often under the glare of fluorescent lights), it's important to think about how the blue light exposure from those screens can cause eye strain and even negatively impact our sleep. That's where blue-light-blocking glasses come in. These handy glasses use special lenses to filter at least some of the potentially problematic blue rays coming from your phone or laptop to better protect your eyes.
The latest science suggests blue light might actually affect sleep less than yellow, but there's still evidence out there that staring at digital screens all day can mess with your circadian rhythm and inhibit melatonin production, which can block you from getting a good night's sleep. Even if you're not sure the hours staring at a screen are to blame for your insomnia, mitigating some of that blue light exposure can't hurt.
In the recent past, glasses designed to limit blue light exposure typically had amber lenses. They were often used by coders or as as gaming glasses to minimize eye fatigue. They didn't have prescription lenses. Now, that's changing. There are all kinds of blue light blocking glasses out there, including amber glasses, glasses with anti-glare coating, anti-reflective coating, magnification, prescription lenses, non-prescription lenses, basically any pair of glasses you could possibly imagine.
Now I've overwhelmed you, so let's help start your search for the right blue light computer glasses to minimize eye strain, lean into your circadian rhythm and get that melatonin pumping come bedtime. I've put together a list of the best blue-light blocking glasses out there today. Every single option is stylish and comfortable, and you should purchase a pair ASAP so you can continue half-watching three hours of Netflix while mindlessly scrolling Instagram at the same time. Oh, what a time to be alive!
Peepers Clark Focus Blue Light
Peepers' blue light glasses are affordable (under $30), and with magnification, they can double as reading glasses. The company claims its blue-light technology can reduce 40% more of harmful rays from the blue light spectrum. Super for when you're trying to avoid the pitfalls that come with overexposure to artificial light from a computer screen. These super-trendy tortoise square frames instantly caught my attention. And if, like me, you're not looking to always be super-extra, they come in neutral tones like black and cream, too.
Prive Revaux The Epicurus
Don't let the fancy name fool you
"Prive Revaux" sounds like I'm about to convince you to buy $300 glasses, but in reality this swanky-named brand sells blue-light-blocking glasses for under $40. Its lenses have blue-light filters along with an anti-glare coating to reduce eye strain.
Not only does the name sound super fancy, but the styles look designer yet at a really affordable price. Order these retro round frames named "The Epicurus" and get ready to flex on all of your coworkers as they wail from the eye pain caused by their digital screens.
MVMT Runaway Everscroll
If you're into cool retro-grandpa vibes like me (and Instagram), you'll love these gold-rimmed aviator frames from MVMT. The company claims its blue-light filtering technology in each pair will improve focus and prevent blurry vision caused by digital eye strain.
They're a bit pricier at $80, but the company offers free shipping and returns with a 24-month warranty. The thin metal frame won't weigh heavy on your temples, which can cause a whole different type of headache that's not fun for anyone.
Gunnar is serious about eye protection. The company has a "blue light protection factor spectrum," ranging from the lowest protection of 35, to heavy duty protection at 98 (check out those amber lenses). Gunnar recommends the 98 protection factor if you work from your computer late at night, so this one's for you workaholics and gamers (or 2 a.m. HBO bingers).
I've picked the "Intercept" starting at $70, and boy, do they look intense. These might want to be your "at-home" only pair.
Felix Gray Roebling
Look smart, feel smart
You might have recognized the Felix Gray brand name due to its impressive marketing, featuring attractive people sporting these sleek frames. All of the company's models seem to instantly appear smarter just by sliding on a pair.
Along with great style, Felix Gray embeds blue-light filters directly into the lenses and adds an antireflective coating. These classic round Roebling frames come in a fun pink or tortoise brown, starting at $95.
Glasses USA Drexel
At Glasses USA, you can add their blue-light "digital block" protection to any glasses style for $29, along with your vision prescription, if needed (you can also order blue-light glasses without a prescription). That means you can choose from the countless number of frames, but I've done the work for you and chosen these cool retro ones that come in at $94.
Glasses USA urges people who spend more than five hours daily on a computer or who look at their phone more than 20 times a day to add their digital block to their lenses.
Eyeconic, Cole Haan CH5005
Eyeconic is definitely the most high-end of the bunch, featuring designer brand selections. Most of the 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 company says reduces blue light exposure by up to 85%, making them one of the most protective glasses out there. I've chosen these thicker frames from Cole Haan, because I feel like wearing them would make me feel important.
Originally published December 2019.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.