I Wore Blue Light-Blocking Glasses for a Month

It’s 6am. Your alarm sounds and you fumble in the dark, hands searching for your phone. The incandescent screen pries your eyes open, and before even a sliver of natural light touches your retinas, you’ve scrolled Facebook, checked Instagram, and watched two Snapchat stories. Over breakfast you scroll the news; at the gym, you thumb through Spotify tracks. You queue up podcasts as your commute to work begins. When you get there, you sit down in front of… a screen. And by then it’s time to check Insta again.

Sound familiar?

This is a common weekday scene for me, and my baby blues have suffered for it. When long days staring at screens left my eyes weary and my head aching, I did some research and learned that the blue light emitted from digital devices could be the culprit. According to The Vision Council, 200 million Americans have digital eye strain, or eye discomfort caused by looking at a screen for more than two hours at a time. Blue light itself isn’t bad for us — it’s everywhere, including in sunlight. Until recently, humans were mostly exposed to natural light during the day and darkness at night. But now, we’re bathed in artificial light, most of it blue. Too much exposure to blue light can cause eye strain and disrupt sleep cycles.

I also learned about blue light-blocking glasses, which claim to subdue digital eye strain and help wearers avoid disrupted sleep cycles. Many also have glare reduction. I decided to give them a try and see for myself. After a month of wearing them, 10/10 would recommend. Here’s why:

 

They wake up those peepers and help ease headaches.

The brand I tried, Felix Gray, offers glasses that filter out the higher end of the blue light spectrum. The lenses have an anti-glare coating to reduce digital eye strain. I noticed this feature immediately — the screens seemed to dim to a bearable glow. Over time, my eyes felt less tired and more focused. My headaches became less and less frequent, and now rarely interrupt my work.

 

They’re a good reminder to limit screen time.

My blue light-blocking glasses are a tangible reminder of just how often I look at a screen. It’s surprising how often I log on to my laptop after getting home from work, or just mindlessly scroll my phone. With this realization came more intention with my screen time. I started putting my phone and laptop away in favor of a book, especially at night. I’m also reminded to use the 20-20-20 rule, recommended by the American Optometric Association: after 20 minutes looking at a screen, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Felix Gray

Jemison Glasses

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Capra Computer Gasses

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Screen Sullivan

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Have you tried blue light glasses? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I was offered to have the blue light filter added onto my last pair of glasses, but I declined as I only wear them for about an hour a day and wear contact lenses the rest of the time. I think maybe I’ll consider adding the filter next time I order new glasses.

    Snippets of Emily’s Life xx

  • Kate

    I have been meaning to purchase some of these. I am on my computer so much and I am sure that is not good!! Great post.

    -Kate
    https://daysofkate.com

  • Chantel Felicien

    My current frames were purchased through Warby Parker and I paid and extra $50 for the blue light filter as I sit in front of duel screens for eight hours a day. It’s been a month and I’ve noticed less headaches as well as less eye fatigue. It seems it was worth the extra cost.

  • Jessy Ferreira

    ive never tried this before… i didnt really know much about this tbh. very interesting. i had no idea

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  • I’ve been thinking about buying a pair of them even without a subscription. I look at screens sooo much! 🙁

    xo Noor
    http://www.nonstopnoor.com

  • Alejandra

    I have a pair of these type of glasses and love them! I work on the computer almost all day so it really helps to ease my eyes a bit.

    -Alejandra
    chillpillzasmr.blogspot.com

  • Definitely going to have to try these when I get my next pair of glasses, I stare at screens a lot (oops) and get headaches so these would deffo help <3

    The Quirky Queer

  • Jada

    I am getting a new pair with the blue light lenses! I am looking forward to wearing them because I am always on my computer or watching tv.

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  • i used to use a cheap version from amazon and then recently upgraded to a nicer one from Izipizi – i find the lenses a little annoying as I”m often doing photo editing that i need sharper sight for. not convinced it works for me unfortunately.