Updated: Mar 21
I've seen various people post about using blue light glasses, and wanted to see for myself what they are all about. Do they actually work or are they a gimmick?
What Are Blue Light Glasses?
Blue light glasses are non-prescription lenses that deflect the harmful blue light emitted by screens. This blue light can interfere with melatonin production, which means decrease sleep quality, and can also lead to digital eye strain.
According to the Vision Council, Digital Eye Strain is the physical discomfort experienced after screen use for longer than two hours at a time. I don't know about you, but I definitely spend more than two hours a day on devices! Between working on my laptop and using my phone, I am actually kind of scared to know how many hours I spend on a device...
Anyways, blue light glasses block these blue light rays, which can help you avoid eye fatigue, headaches, and improve your sleep quality. Since they are not prescription glasses, they are actually fairly cheap.
I ordered a pair on Amazon and decided to give them a try...
I figured for $20, I didn't have much to lose.
I didn't want to share a review until I had a chance to really try them out. (If you follow me on Insta you've probably seen them on my stories). I've been using them for about a month, and I am really happy with them.
I try to wear them whenever I sit down to do work, and this is what I've noticed:
They make the screen look a little yellow-ey and magnified ever so slightly. Words appear clearer on the screen, which is especially useful on my laptop and phone (both small screens). I also noticed this was really helpful in a large lecture hall when I had to stare at the projector screen for 2+ hours.
I Can Work for Longer
I noticed especially when I stayed up late to work on an assignment (because, let's be real, that's university life sometimes)
Bonus: Stylish & Fun
I never noticed before I started using them, but now I notice a difference when I've been looking at a screen for more than 20 minutes.
Also, they are super cute and make me feel like it's time to work. Maybe it's placebo, but they remind me to work and I think I focus better when I wear them.
I actually learned that many prescription glasses come with a blue light coating, so if you don't already have glasses, these might be for you.
I ordered mine based on Amazon reviews (and price), and I'm really happy with the ones I have. They are sturdy yet light-weight and fit my face shape really well. They are a bit over-sized, but I like the thick frames. They make me look like a bit of a nerd, but I guess that's fitting when I'm trying to blend in at the library! (a place I don't visit very often...)
The only con is they smudge pretty easily, but I just wipe them or clean them on my shirt and they are fine. For the price, they are absolutely worth it and I definitely plan to continue using them throughout my degree.
I think these would make an awesome gift for a secret santa/white elephant or for anyone you know that works on a screen all day. Plus, with Amazon Prime, they ship super quickly!
Whether you use them or not, make sure you take breaks and monitor your screen time!
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