If you work in front of a PC 8 hours a day or more, it is essential that you have some eye protection.
Harmful blue light emitted from PCs, tablets and mobile phones cause eye strain, eye fatigue, dry eye and disturbed sleep patterns.
It may also be a cause of or at least contribute to serious eye conditions such as cataracts and macula degeneration.
Using blue light blocking computer glasses is one way of shielding your eyes. Another, is by using a blue light computer screen filter. If you want to read a review on these filters, please click here to find out more.
But what are the best blue blocking computer glasses? Below I set out what I look out for and suggest some of my favorites.
What Makes The Best Blue Blocking Computer Glasses
As always with my reviews, I like to set certain criteria for choosing the best products.
I don’t usually focus primarily on the price. However, I would say at this point from my research, the minimum you would need to spend for a decent pair of blue blocking computer glasses is in the region of $25 to $30.
While I am not a fan of the tinted lenses (i.e with orange or yellow lenses), I recognize that these generally provide the better protection than the less tinted variety.
So here is the list of things I look out for and why:
〉 They Have to Block Out The Majority of Blue Light!
It might be an odd statement to make. Surely all of them block out blue light?
But, no, that is not the case.
Some block out very little blue light, if any. They are not much use then unless you like wearing glasses and you don’t have need for prescription lenses. You can test the effectiveness of your blue blocking glasses at blueblockglasses.com.
So only those that provide a high level of protection make my shortlist.
〉 They Have to Be Well Made And Comfortable.
The protective layer on the lens needs to be durable. It is no good if this starts to peel off after a short while. There is nothing worse than a product that is not working properly like this and on top of this, obscuring your view!
The frames need to be sturdy too. They are little use if they start to fall apart after a short period. Wonky or taped up glasses are not a great look around the office too!
〉 Anti-Reflective Coating.
This allows the light to reach your eye rather than reflect off the lenses. It will also decrease glare from bright lights found in most offices.
〉 They Need To Have Some Style.
This is subjective I know.
Whether the frames suit also depends largely on the shape of your face.
But generally, I think most are less inclined to wear them if, say for example, the frames are very big. There is no point buying them if you are put off from wearing them in front of your work colleagues because they look like comedy glasses.
It’s worth therefore checking out the measurements of any glasses your interested in and checking if they differ greatly from your prescription glasses or sunglasses that you wear.
So here is my shortlist:
Blu Blick’s Blue Light Blocking Glasses
They block out 99% of blue light.
Sturdy, light with flexible arms. They will stand up to some knocks and drops.
Anti-reflective and with an additional anti-glare coating.
They have a stylish look. The lenses have an orange tint so it is a question of taste if you like that look.
Zenni Optical Blokz Blue Light Blocking Glasses
They protect from blue light beyond 400nm to 415nm. Blue light transmission up to 455nm is reduced. So a large proportion of harmful blue light is blocked out.
They are sturdy and designed for daily use.
An anti-reflective coating is included.
These have a retro look to them. I think they look cool but again it depends on your taste. Also, they come with virtually clear lenses which is great if you want to wear them outside as well. (They block UV light too).
Klim Optics Blue Light Blocking Glasses
86% of blue light is blocked by these glasses. So they do the job well.
They are well-made. Made with the lightest thermoplastic in the world, they are flexible and stand up well to knocks and the usual wear and tear. They are lightweight too at only 20g.
Nothing on the spec states that these come with ant-reflective coating so that is a minus point for these glasses
These have some style but probably more suited to a man’s face I would say. They have square frames. They have a yellow tint which again may not be to every one’s taste.
So there you have it. Three quality products that will do the job, comfortable to wear and won’t make you feel odd wearing them around the office. Most importantly of course you will be ensuring that your eyes are kept protected and there will be less chance of eye fatigue. For around $30 I think that is a great deal if it means that your eyes remain healthy and relaxed.
My favorite from these three are the Zenni Optical Blokz Blue Light Glasses. They meet all the criteria, they have that stylish retro look and they come with virtually clear lenses. No one would know you had blue light blocking glasses on!
Before I finish up, think about other ways to improve your office environment for your eyes. Have you thought about the best desk lamp for your eyes? If not, have a read here about some suggestions for some great eye friendly desk lamps.
Thanks for reading. If you have any comments about this review then please feel free to leave a comment below and I will come back to you.