Do Blue Light computer glasses work?
The topic about Computer Glasses or Blue Light glasses became interesting to me a while ago for a reason. As many others, I work behind a computer screen most of the time. During my free time I frequently use a mobile device.From time to time I play game on a console or watch a movie on my TV at home.
At some point I started having frequent headaches and issues with my eyes. For this reason I made a thorough research online and started to wonder if the Computer Glasses or Blue Light filtering glasses actually do work.Later on I bought a pair of these an tested them on me. Here I share my personal experience and opinion about software for reducing the blue light and the computer glasses equipped with blue light filters.
A Disclaimer : Before you do any experiments with your eyes or vision, first consult with your GP or an optometrist.They can help you better, if you experience any troubles with your vision.
The Blue Light
When stepping outdoors into sunlight your eyes get exposed to a variety of visible (and non-visible) light rays that can have a range of effects. About one-third of all visible light is considered „blue” light, known also as High-Energy Visible (HEV) light. Blue light, which is part of the visible light spectrum, is harmful to the cells of the retina, can cause damage to the eyes, and also to accelerate the occurrence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD1).
The excessive exposure to blue light can lead to visual fatigue stress. The main source of blue light is the sun. A note : It is also known that some blue light exposure is essential for a good health. Researchers have shown that high-energy visible light helps memory, elevates mood and boosts alertness.
More Blue Light
We are surrounded by blue lighting: whether at work, in our homes, or in our leisure environment.
Often when we sit in front of the computer, not just for a while, we feel our eyes get dry and tired, the images might get slightly blurry and as result to have a headache or even to feel dizziness. I’m not the only one who spends more than 9 hours a day on devices and if you don’t believe me see the report provided by Digital Trends.
I usually spend 10-14 hours either in front of my computer, my TV, or my phone’s screen so my eyes often feel weird after staring at those almost all day. I’ve read a lot of tips about protecting eyes by using different methods and techniques. I use only a few of them, because I chose those that worked best for me.
By the beginning of the last year I wondered if the glasses designed for computer use actually do work. The first time I saw an advertisement about those glasses protecting from the blue light and I’ve watched a video explaining what and how they can help, but usually I’m skeptical about such promising claims.
As per the statement from the video, the goggles with a special protective layer are designed for reducing the impact of harmful blue light occurring almost everywhere in our life – from the artificial fluorescent light in the office and the light from the computer screen, to the TV, tablet or any other devices with LED displays at home.
If you are not aware, some of the models of the computer glasses are often named gaming glasses.
Later on, I’ve seen on Internet similar glasses with special coatings by different manufacturers designed to protect the eyes from the emitted Blue Light and many of them seemed pricey, but I still wanted to protect my vision and to check if the glasses really work.Finally I bought a model with blue light protection, which cost me about 40 Euros and it’s called Blue Block.
I Only Tried These Before
Before I bought my computer glasses I first checked the adjustments of my monitor – frequency, brightness, sharpness. There is also free software to help you with this. Check out Calibrize if you are not sure how to do it yourself.
I also tried the popular f.lux software which makes the light from your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, but I didn’t like it as it’s not the same as with using computer glasses. There are people who claim they use it for a long period and they don’t feel the need for buying protecting goggles for display.
I’ve also read some feedbacks on the most popular Gunnar glasses, but what made me to draw back on these was they are over advertised.Gunnar glasses might not be suitable if the true colors on your monitor are important for you (what is in my case) and they looked to me pretty much the same as my night vision driving glasses *. I’ve watched a number of videos about Gunnar, but I wasn’t impressed enough and to be honest-I didn’t find the glasses they offer suitable for me and my needs.
A note* : I use my night driving glasses when steer in fog or when it rains badly.
I decided to buy a pair of Computer Glasses
Finally, I decided to buy a pair of not expensive and not popular Computer Glasses with Blue Light filter.I paid about 35 Euros, if I remember well.The idea was to give these computer glasses a try without then feeling sorry if they don’t work.
The real Results
As mentioned before, I was skeptic big time about these computer glasses, so I was pleasantly surprised by the observed results from day one,almost straight after I started using them. Actually-I was not only surprised, I was truly amazed.
The advantages I observed for the relatively long period I use the glasses for computer are:
- less eye strain;
- less fatigue;
- no headaches;
- no dizziness;
Now after almost two years of using them, I can and I would recommend the computer glasses to everyone. These would be useful for those who spend more than 2 hours a day in front of any device, which emits a blue light – a computer screen, mobile device or a TV screen. Students, gamers, bloggers, marketers, entrepreneurs,digital artists and kids.
I still never forget to take a break at least 5-10 minutes for every hour I work with my computer, always when possible, away from the monitor.
I also still use the artificial tear drops, which were recommended by my GP, few times a day, to protect my eyes as much as possible. The glasses for computer I use just additionally, but I can feel the difference when I don’t wear them.
What Type of Blue Light Blocking Glasses I can not suggest?
If you decide to give a try and to buy glasses for blocking the blue light there are many brands on the market to choose from. I cannot recommend to you something I haven’t tried myself. Some types of computer glasses have a special anti reflective coating, and others, like Gunnar- a yellow tint designed to increase the contrast on the screen and filter out the unpleasant light spectrums so your eye muscles relax.
There are many websites where you can read opinions and reviews from customers, which can help you also to choose between different brands or even models. To be honest- probably everything around and above 30-40 Euros will be ok, so don’t focus too much on the brand of the frame, or frame’s color.What I think it really matters are the lenses and their quality.
What Type of Computer Glasses to look For?
What I can suggest is to pay attention to following and make sure the glasses you are going to buy are:
- With Blue Light filter UV 400 protection
- Have HEV coating (for blocking the blue light emissions)
- With anti-reflective coating (or AR coating)
- Scratch Proof or at least Scratch Resistant
- Unbreakable 🙂
- With zero magnification (or have the correct type of lenses, in case you need them)
- With a Warranty
In any case – you must first consult with your doctor ophthalmologist before decide to buy anything.
Popular Brands for Blue Light blocking glasses and lenses
Your eye doctor or an optometrist can help you best with the choice of the brand for lenses or googles for protecting your eyes from blue light. Meanwhile, you can have a look on comparison test videos of popular brands and manufacturers of computer glasses.I believe the videos about the blue light and how to protect your eyes from it will be useful for you too.See the links below.
Do Blue Light blocking glasses work ?
I’m happy with my choice and yes- the computer glasses I bought for reducing the Blue Light work for me.
What You can Do for Protecting your Eyes when using Computer, Tablet or Cell phone?
General Tips for keeping your Eyes protected when you are behind a screen:
- Ensure your screen is always clean from dust, fingerprints and marks;
- If you are using screen protector – keep your screen protector clean;
- If you wear glasses or contact lenses keep them clean too;
- Choose a proper place to sit to avoid a light reflecting on the screen;
- Make sure the ambient light is set up correctly to reduce the glare from your screen;
- Ensure your monitor is adjusted properly-brightness, sharpness, color temperature;
- Keep a comfortable working distance at the computer, as far away as possible;
- Take regular breaks and maintain the “20-20-20 rule” ;
- Blink regularly, as often as possible;
- Eat suitable foods rich in vitamins A, C, E, or use suitable nutrients to support your Eye Health;
- Give you Eyes a long Break when this is feasible;
The Blue Light blocking glasses and computer glasses became interesting a while ago for a certain reason. I work behind a computer screen most of the time, roughly 12 hours a day. During my free time I frequently use a mobile phone. Sometimes I watch a movie on a TV at home or play a video game. Most of the time my eyes are exposed to blue light for long periods of time, daily.
When purchased and used computer eyewear which filters the Blue light, I could see the differences.Later I managed to see the benefits of using these. I would like to recommend you to invest in a pair of such glasses.
A note: a pair of suitable computer glasses with blue light blocking is a great present for your partner, kids, friends or someone you care for.
Useful to read about the Blue light and Blue light effects:
Useful To Watch about the Blue light and Blue light effects :
ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect: Protecting your eyes from dangerous blue-violet light Computer Glasses vs Blue Light Filter Glasses: What’s the difference? Do Blue Light Glasses & Monitor Filters REALLY Work?
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