We’ve all heard the warnings that bedtime and screens don’t go together. If you want to get a good night’s sleep, you need to put away your TV, computer, smartphone, tablet, and e-reader before getting under the covers. That’s because the blue light that is emitted from screens can alter our circadian rhythm and suppress our natural levels of melatonin. So, put down your screens. Or pick up a pair of blue light blocking glasses.
Avoiding screens at night isn’t always a realistic request. For some people, nighttime is their only chance to catch up on reading or TV watching. Work demands may dictate that you need to send emails into the wee hours of the night either due to an overload of projects or because you’re working in multiple time zones at once. Then there’s the simple fact that modern life means that we spend a lot of time on our phones even when we know that we shouldn’t. But thankfully, there are blue light glasses.
Blue light blocking glasses can help to reduce the negative impact that screens have on our melatonin. Harvard Health recommends exposing ourselves to natural light during the day, using dim red lights for night lights, using apps that block blue wavelengths on our screen, and wearing blue light blocking glasses. Not only will these glasses help people who looking at screens at home, but Harvard Health also suggests blue light blocking glasses for shift workers whose circadian rhythm can be detrimentally altered by being awake at night.
Blue light from screens can also wreak havoc during daylight hours, with eyes experiencing fatigue from staring at screens for an extended time. Migraines, dry eyes, blurred vision and more can all be the result of too many hours looking at a screen.
Thankfully, there are fashionable options when it comes to blue light blocking glasses. We’ve included three pairs below which will help to reduce eye strain, decrease melatonin blockage, and help keep your peepers feeling good.
1. GAMMA RAY Blue Light Computer Glasses
Backed by the FDA, the GAMMA RAY Anti UV Glare Blue Light Computer Glasses come with UV400 protection and an ultra-lightweight frame.
Pros: The Gamma Ray has a durable and lightweight plastic frame and lens with UV400 protection and glare reduction. The flexible and stylish frame is unisex and protects against fatigue and discomfort caused by blue light.
Cons: The lenses have a light yellow tint which some may dislike.
2. Cyxus Blue Light Filter Computer Glasses
With a classic black frame and FDA approved shatterproof lens, the Cyxus Blue Light Filter Computer Glasses is a great option for anyone who spends an extended amount of time in front of a screen.
Pros: The Cyxus are 0.0x reading glasses that have no magnification, making them ideal for contact wearers or those with perfect vision. Made from high-end space PC with SHMC technology, the Cyxus are shock resistant and waterproof, dustproof and have transparent lenses. They also come with a blue card for testing and a cleaning cloth
Cons: Glasses could be sturdier.
3. TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Look fashionable while protecting your eyes with the clear TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses, which come with a carrying case and cleaning cloth.
Pros: Clear frames and superlight, abrasion-resistant non-polarized lenses will make the TIJN glasses feel and look like you’re not wearing anything while protecting your eyes. The TIJN has a high transmittance and help users see more clearly by absorbing blue light. Like the Gamma Ray and Cyxus, the TIJN also have UV400 protection.
Cons: People with smaller faces and heads may not find these comfortable